Comparison Between UMTS/HSPA+ and WiMAX/IEEE 802.16e in Mobility Scenarios

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Executive Summary

The main purpose of this paper is to compare the performance of UMTS/HSPA+ and mWiMAX. Two scenarios were considered: single and multiple users. The single user model estimates the cell radius for a certain application throughput. Afterwards, the model was adapted to a multiple users and services scenario. The results for single user scenario show that UMTS/HSPA+ can serve users placed further away, for a certain throughput, compared to mWiMAX. Considering the multiple users scenario, UMTS/HSPA+ presents also better results than mWiMAX, both for down- and uplink, regarding average network throughput and average network radius.

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