A Radio Synchronization Technique for Asynchronous Broadband Networks

Sungho JEON  Sanghoon LEE  

IEICE TRANSACTIONS on Communications   Vol.E89-B   No.12   pp.3433-3437
Publication Date: 2006/12/01
Online ISSN: 1745-1345
DOI: 10.1093/ietcom/e89-b.12.3433
Print ISSN: 0916-8516
Type of Manuscript: LETTER
Category: Transmission Systems and Transmission Equipment for Communications
synchronization,  radio synchronization,  asynchronous technique,  GPS,  OFDM,  

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A radio synchronization technique that dispenses with GPS (Global Positioning System) for OFDM (Orthogonal Frequency Division Multiplexing)-based broadband networks is described. UMTS (Universal Mobile Telecommunications System) employs three main mechanisms, a node, transport channel and radio interface synchronization. The RNC (Radio Network Controller) is used as a key network component for the centralized synchronization mechanism. Here, we explore a more accurate and simpler asynchronous technique for broadband networks from the perspective of a distributed manner, where MSs (Mobile Stations) play an important role in timing adjustment. Propagation delay and the hierarchical synchronization mechanism are taken into account in the mathematical analysis.