Date Added: Mar 2011
Next generation networks are defined to be packet based networks that provide telecommunication services to users by utilizing different transport technologies, wired and wireless. In this paper the authors provide a generic framework for handover decision management in next generation networks. They show that any handover decision algorithm can utilize the framework. They show the feasibility of applying the framework through an implementation example. One of the main features of NGNs is application adaptability; the applications designed for NGN systems have to be adaptable to different networks and different devices. They propose a handover decision algorithm that utilizes the generic framework and selects the network for handover such that the quality of experience of the user is near optimal.