Mobility

Vertical Handoffs in Fourth Generation Wireless Networks

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Executive Summary

This paper presents a vertical handoff methods in the evolving 4G wireless communication networks. Integration architectures for various wireless access networks are described. Then handoff classification, desirable handoff features, the handoff process, and multimode mobile terminals are discussed. The authors propose a vertical handoff decision algorithm that determines whether a vertical handoff should be initiated and dynamically selects the optimum network connection from the available access network technologies to continue with an existing service or begin another service.

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