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Network Controlled Handovers: challenges and possibilities

Melia, T. ; Serrano, P. ; Soto, I. ; Aguiar, R.

Wireless Personal Communications Vol. 43, Nº 3, pp. 959 - 974, November, 2007.

ISSN (print): 1572-834X
ISSN (online): 0929-6212

Journal Impact Factor: 0,653 (in 2014)

Digital Object Identifier: 10.1007/s11277-007-9256-5

The concept of network controlled handovers is commonly used in cellular technologies. With multi-mode terminals, using layer-2 techniques, this concept can only be applied inside each technology, which impairs the full exploitation of multi-access support. We discuss a layer-3 technique able to operate across technologies, and present an analysis of the performance advantages this technique brings. In general, an increase around 25% in system usage is achievable. The paper further analyses some cell characteristics that impact on the performance improvements achievable by network controlled handovers.