5th IEEE Broadband wireless access workshop, colocated with IEEE GLOBECOM 2009



20/11/2009 - Keynote slides from Prof. Magedanz available for download

20/11/2009 - Poster format guidance can be found under "Submission"

09/10/2009 - Technical program online

07/07/2009 - Camera-ready and registration instructions updated.

01/09/2009 - Authors notified. Accepted were 17 regular papers plus 15 posters papers out of 103 submissions. This results in an AR of 17% respectively 32%. Mind that the very only difference made is the presentation on-site.

03/07/2009 - Deadline extended to July 19th

03/06/2009 - The workshop is currently looking for a potential journal to publish the best papers. Suggestions are welcome. Please send them to tpc_chairs at bwaws.org

21/05/2009 - BWA networks are a powerful enabler for many application domains. This year's edition takes it into account by including "BWA Application domains" (e.g. V2V or V2I communications and applications). Visit the CFP for more details.

20/05/2009 - List of TPC members online.

05/05/2009 - Website has been uploaded.

Keynote "Towards Broadband Wireless Access Integration - Understanding the Role of the 3GPP Evolved Packet Core (EPC)"(Download)

Broadband wireless access network technologies are evolving towards all IP networks. Today the 3GPP Long-term Evolution (LTE) is gaining momentum globally, as it considered as a cornerstone for the realization of the Next Generation Mobile Network (NGMN). As LTE initially can only be deployed in islands, the related 3GPP Evolved Packet System (EPS) specifications define the Evolved Packet Core (EPC) as a general NGMN control platform across different broadband radio access networks. The EPC should provide seamless IP connectivity to different operator service delivery platforms, such as the IP Multimedia Subsystem (IMS) or more internet-based platforms.

This talk will introduce the 3GPP Evolved Packet System and compare LTE and WIMAX networks as basic NGMN broadband wireless access networks. Subsequently, the Evolved Packet Core is introduced, where we look at its basic architecture and its functions, such as cross access network mobility management, security, QoS and Charging. We will illustrate its operation above 3GPP networks (e.g. LTE, 3G) as well as non-3GPP networks (WLAN, Wimax). In addition, we will outline the major NGMN and EPC challenge, namely the provision of voice based services. Finally we will introduce the OpenEPC NGMN testbed toolkit (www.openepc.net), which enables industry, namely network operators, equipment manufacturers, and service providers, as well as academia to investigate the technical potentialities of this key enabling technology for NGMN implementation.

Keywords: LTE, 3G, Wimax, WLAN, NGMN, EPS, EPC, OpenEPC, access network diversity, service platform flexibility

Thomas Magedanz (PhD) is full professor in the electrical engineering and computer sciences faculty at the Technische Universitaet Berlin, Germany, leading the chair for next generation networks (www.av.tu-berlin.de). In addition, he is director of the "next generation network infrastructure" division of the Fraunhofer Institute FOKUS (www.fokus.fraunhofer.de/go/ngni). Since 2006, Prof Magedanz acts also as Extraordinary Professor at the Department of Electrical Engineering of the University of Cape Town, South Africa (www.ee.uct.ac.za).

Since more than 20 years Prof. Magedanz is working in the convergence field of fixed and mobile telecommunications, the internet and information technologies, which resulted in many international R&D projects centred around prototyping of new innovative multimedia applications and related Service Delivery Platforms (SDPs) above Next Generation Networks (NGNs), Next Generation Mobile Networks (NGMNs), and the Future Internet.

In the course of his research activities he published more than 300 technical papers/articles. In addition, Prof Magedanz is senior member of the IEEE, and editorial board member of several journals.


Internet access is undergoing a fundamental change. A steadily increasing spectrum of services is attracting a rapidly growing number of users which, in turn, wish to access these services 'anytime and anywhere'. In order to meet this demand, Broadband Wireless Access (BWA) technologies are becoming extremely important and vendors and standardisation bodies respond to this development with new and powerful BWA technologies. Supporting transmission rates up to several megabits per second at distances far as tens of kilometres while providing full mobility support, these technologies provide the long-awaited means for delivering any telecommunication service over the Internet.

BWA technologies are yet in their infancy and one outcome is that many are far from being complete and optimised for such a versatile environment like the Internet. Consequently, BWA is currently receiving much attention by the research community. By organising this 5th IEEE BWA Workshop, it is our intention to bring together and provide an international forum for this research community. In this line, the workshop programme covers various aspects of these technologies including but not limited to: