Bandwidth Management in Community Networks

  • Imrich Chlamtac
  • Ashwin Gumaste
Conference paper
Part of the Lecture Notes in Computer Science book series (LNCS, volume 2571)


The downturn in the economy and related telecom activities has led to the accelerated development of a new concept of Community (owned) Networks. A Community network represents a unique business model whose returns encompass social, economic as well as technology issues of a community. The new concept also provides a platform for multiple vendors to sell products and services, to reach out a larger customer base at a lower cost structure, and new opportunities to providers to work in tandem directly with customers/communities. For OPEX and CAPEX considerations and for better services, in community networks the issue of bandwidth management that supports provisioning in real time on a per demand real-time basis, is a critical issue for the future success of such networks. We address the various issues that need to be considered in designing a unified management scheme in these networks, accompanied by a detailed discussion of the concepts and challenges related community networks.


Optical Network Central Authority Optical Burst Switching Metropolitan Area Network Bandwidth Management 
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Authors and Affiliations

  • Imrich Chlamtac
    • 1
  • Ashwin Gumaste
    • 1
  1. 1.Center for Advance Telecommunications Systems and ServicesThe University of TexasDallasUSA

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