How to Improve the Efficiency of IPv6 Handovers in IEEE 802.16 Networks

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Executive Summary

The first generation of fully conformant IEEE 802.16-based networks is being deployed throughout the world. Most of these networks do not support full mobility, due to radio access layer limitations. Newer solutions, based on IEEE 802.16-2005 standard, offer mobility support for subscriber stations. Unfortunately, after quickly changing the point of attachment on the WiMAX layer, very slow and inefficient IPv6 reconfiguration takes place. Delays introduced by DHCPv6 stateless automatic configuration and Mobile IPv6 can easily diminish or even render useless all benefits gained using the efficient WiMAX - data link layer. IPv6 automatic configuration process was not designed with fast reconfiguration in mind.

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