Date Added: Jul 2009
In beyond 3G networks the user will not be aware of the access network technology used to provide a telecommunications service. Heterogeneous network technologies will be seamlessly integrated in one "Common" access network, enabling users to move around and continuously receive their subscribed services. In a commercial environment, this network evolution requires that a telecommunications operator jointly manages its networks resources to improve the service offered to the users and, at the same time, to increase its revenue. Starting from the UMTS and WLAN interconnection architecture defined by 3GPP, this paper analyzes the performance of a new joint radio resource management strategy, comparing it with two well-known strategies used in scenarios where both networks, the UMTS and the WLAN, are interconnected.