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Characterization of Vertical Handoff Delay for Mobile IP Based 3G/WLAN Integrated Networks

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Executive Summary

Mobile IP is one of the popular mobility solution and a viable candidate for the Beyond 3rd Generation (B3G) networks such as the integrated 3rd Generation Universal Mobile Telecommunications System (UMTS) and the Wireless Local Area Networks (WLANs). Mobile IP has many configuration and enhancements that are proposed by IETF such as the Care-of-Address (CoA), Collocated CoA, Mobile IPv6, and route optimizations. In this paper, the authors present a side-by-side performance evaluation and comparisons of the UMTS to WLAN handoff delay that results from using each configuration in the lately adopted UMTS/WLAN interworking architecture by 3GPP. In addition, they analyze the delay components due to 3GPP security and Internet protocol integration requirements.

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