Mobility

Fast Cell Selection With Efficient Active Set Management in OFDMA Networks With Femtocells

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Executive Summary

In 4G wireless networks, only hard handover is defined to support users' mobility. However, dense deployment of femtocells leads to significant rise in amount of initiated handovers. Thus, inevitable decrease in Quality of Service (QoS) experienced by users is observed. In this paper, the authors investigate possible introduction of Fast Cell selection (FCS) to OFDMA-based network with femtocells. The goal is to minimize negative impact of user's mobility on user's QoS and to take an advantage of macro diversity. First, they define necessary enhancements in current LTE standards to facilitate implementation of FCS to OFDMA networks. Afterward, impact of FCS on network performance is evaluated. Second, they propose novel algorithm for active set management, which considers specifics of femtocells.

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