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Short note: Wireless local loop

This question appears in Mumbai University > Mobile Communication and Computing subject

Marks: 10 M

Year: May 2015

Great answer but need a simpler definition which can go inside my head!


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Loop: . In telephone, loop is a circuit line from a subscriber’s phone to a line-terminating equipment at a central office.

Wireless Local Loop (WLL):

• Implementation of a local loop especially in rural areas used to remain a risk for many operators due to less users and increased cost of materials. The loop lines are copper wires which require more investments.

• However today with Wireless local loop (WLL) has been introduced which solves most of these problems.

• As WLL is wireless, the labor-charges and time-consuming investments are no longer relevant.

• WLL systems can be based on one of the four below technologies:

  1. Satellite-based systems.

  2. Cellular-based systems.

  3. Microcellular-based Systems

  4. Fixed Wireless Access Systems

• The WLL architecture is shown below:

• The given architecture consists of three major components i.e WANU, WASU and SF

• Wireless Access network unit (WANU): the WANU consists of various components which include

  1. several base stations transceivers or radio ports (RP)
  2. a Radio port control unit
  3. an Access manager (AM)
  4. an HLR.

• It provides various functionalities like:

  1. Authentication
  2. Air interface privacy
  3. Over-the-air registration of subscriber units.
  4. Operations and Maintenance
  5. Routing
  6. Billing
  7. Switching functions
  8. Transcoding of voice and data.

• Wireless access subscriber unit (WASU): It provides an air interface UWLL towards the network and a traditional interface TWLL towards the subscriber.

• The power supply for it is provided locally.

• The interface includes

  1. protocol conversion and transcoding
  2. authentication functions
  3. signaling functions

• The TWLL interface can be an RJ-11 or RJ-45 port.

• The UWLL interface can be AMPS, GSM, DECT and so one.

• Switching Function (SF): The switching function (SF) is associated with a switch that can be digital switch with or without Advanced Intelligent Network (AIN) capability, an ISDN switch or a Mobile Switching Centre (MSC).

• The AWLL interface between the WANU and the SF can be ISDN-BRI or IS-634 or IS-653 or such variants.

Deployment Issues:

• To compete with other local loop technologies WLL needs tom [provide sufficient coverage and capacity, high circuit quality and efficient data services.

• Moreover the WLL cost should be competitive with its wireline counterpart.

• Various issues are considered in WLL development which include:

  1. Spectrum: The implementation of WLL should be flexible to accommodate different flexible bands as well as non-continuous bands. More these bands are licensed by government.

  2. Service quality: Customer expects that the quality of service should be better than the wireline counterpart. The quality requirements include link quality, reliability and fraud immunity.

  3. Network Planning: Unlike Mobile System, WLL assumes that user is stationary, not moving. Also the network penetration should be greater than 90%. Therefore WLL should be installed based on parameters like Population Density etc.

  4. Economics: Major cost here is electronic equipment’s. In current scenario, the cost of such electronic equipment is reducing periodically.

• In traditional telephone networks, your phone would be connected to the nearest exchange through a pair of copper wires.

• Wireless local loop (WLL) technology simply means that the subscriber is connected to the nearest exchange through a radio link instead of through these copper wires.

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