Comparative Performance Study for Integrated 3G/WLAN Networks Using Mobile IP, SIP, and M- SCTP Protocols

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Executive Summary

The 3rd Generation Partnership Project (3GPP) has adopted an interworking architecture between Universal Mobile Telecommunication System (UMTS) and Wireless Local Area Networks (WLANs). This architecture imposes a set of security requirements on subscribers connecting from within interworked WLANs to be able to access their 3G home packet-switched services. Providing seamless handoff and session continuity of ongoing communication is a critical task in UMTS/WLAN integrated networks. However, the 3GPP does not specify how mobility can be supported. This paper provides a performance evaluation for the three candidate solutions: Mobile IP (MIP), Session Initiation Protocol (SIP), and mobile Stream Control Transmission Protocol (mSCTP) that may be used to provide session continuity in the integrated network.

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