A Delayed Location Registration Procedure for Wireless Mobile Communication Networks

Yungoo HUH  Myungwhan CHOI  Cheeha KIM  

IEICE TRANSACTIONS on Communications   Vol.E84-B   No.10   pp.2805-2814
Publication Date: 2001/10/01
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Print ISSN: 0916-8516
Type of Manuscript: PAPER
Category: Network
location management,  HLR/VLR,  CMR,  IS-41,  

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Wireless mobile communication networks support mobile terminals (MTs) which are free to travel within a service coverage area. In order to locate an MT effectively when a call is initiated, several location management schemes are proposed to keep track of its location. Current methods being used in IS-41 and GSM MAP for location management pose problems such as an increase in signaling traffic in the network, a ping-pong effect and a bottleneck created by signaling traffic at home location register (HLR). In this paper, we propose a new location management scheme that is to reduce the number of location registrations at HLR by making the location registration at HLR unnecessary when an MT moves into neighboring registration area (RA) or when it moves back to the original RA from neighboring RA. Our scheme employs a centralized database architecture using the HLR/VLR concept as in the IS-41 and GSM MAP but alleviates the above-mentioned problems. Analysis results show that our scheme always outperforms current methods and shows an especially better performance at low CMR (call to mobility ratio).