Modeling of Seamless Interworking Environments for Heterogeneous Mobile Systems

Masaki FUKUSHIMA  Hajime NAKAMURA  Shinichi NOMOTO  Yu WATANABE  

Publication
IEICE TRANSACTIONS on Communications   Vol.E89-B   No.10   pp.2885-2896
Publication Date: 2006/10/01
Online ISSN: 1745-1345
DOI: 10.1093/ietcom/e89-b.10.2885
Print ISSN: 0916-8516
Type of Manuscript: PAPER
Category: Terrestrial Radio Communications
Keyword: 
heterogeneous system interworking,  systems beyond IMT-2000,  mobility,  queueing network model,  

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Summary: 
In future systems beyond IMT-2000, macrocell cellular systems such as the 3G systems and high bandwidth microcell wireless systems such as Wireless LAN will complement one another. Routing in the systems beyond IMT-2000 will support seamless inter- and intra-system handover among the cellular and WLAN systems by maintaining active connections. Under such environments, the time scales of mobility and bandwidth-sharing behavior cannot be easily separated. It is not obvious what fraction of traffic is accommodated by each cellular and WLAN system, i.e. the traffic distribution is unknown. This paper shows the considerable impacts the mobility of users has on the capacities of the systems beyond IMT-2000 with roaming capability between different bit rate systems. Especially, this paper demonstrates that the traffic distribution among different systems is a major factor in defining total network throughput. We also provide an analytical method to determine the traffic distribution based on the theory of queueing networks.