Mobile Networks and Management. Third International ICST Conference, MONAMI 2011, Aveiro, Portugal, September 21-23, 2011, Revised Selected Papers

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IEEE 802.21 MIH-enabled Evolved Packet System Architecture

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  • @INPROCEEDINGS{10.1007/978-3-642-30422-4_5,
        author={Frank Knaesel and Pedro Neves and Susana Sargento},
        title={IEEE 802.21 MIH-enabled Evolved Packet System Architecture},
        proceedings={Mobile Networks and Management. Third International ICST Conference, MONAMI 2011, Aveiro, Portugal, September 21-23, 2011, Revised Selected Papers},
        proceedings_a={MONAMI},
        year={2012},
        month={9},
        keywords={Evolved Packet Core Quality of Service Mobility Seamless Handovers Heterogeneous Networks Media Independent Handover},
        doi={10.1007/978-3-642-30422-4_5}
    }
    
  • Frank Knaesel
    Pedro Neves
    Susana Sargento
    Year: 2012
    IEEE 802.21 MIH-enabled Evolved Packet System Architecture
    MONAMI
    Springer
    DOI: 10.1007/978-3-642-30422-4_5
Frank Knaesel1,*, Pedro Neves2, Susana Sargento1
  • 1: Universidade de Aveiro
  • 2: Portugal Telecom Inovação
*Contact email: fknaesel@ua.pt

Abstract

The main motivation of IMT-Advanced is to enable the mobile users with capacity to handle high data rates and low delay services such as high quality video and online gaming. Two technologies are competing in this field: LTE-Advanced and Mobile WiMAX. Following the Always Best Connected (ABC) paradigm, the integration of these two technologies with legacy ones is imminent. The Evolved Packet Core (EPC) is the 3GPP new core network which aims to integrate 3GPP and non-3GPP access networks through an All-IP core network. The IEEE 802.21 standard is another important contribution, optimizing vertical handovers, by providing a common framework between the data link and network layers. Although the 3GPP has already defined optimized vertical mobility procedures, these are dependent on the technology, and much effort is needed in order to achieve the so desired seamless mobility. In our work, we propose a new mobility architecture and several enhancements on handover signaling to provide seamless mobility between IMT-Advanced candidates and legacy wireless technologies. We further compare our proposed mobility framework with current approaches, showing the advantages of the integrated approach.