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Impact of Small Cells Overlapping on Mobility Management

Mahbas, Ali, Zhu, Huiling, Wang, Jiangzhou (2019) Impact of Small Cells Overlapping on Mobility Management. IEEE Transactions on Wireless Communications, . ISSN 1536-1276. (doi:10.1109/TWC.2018.2889465)

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The mobility management will be more complex and will have a great impact on the quality of service (QoS) in the future cellular networks, as these networks will have to handle a huge number of user equipment (UEs) and their frequent handoffs due to very dense short-footage small cells. This paper presents a framework to model and derive the coverage of small cells, the cell sojourn time and the handoff rate in multi-tier small cell networks. The distribution of the small cells around a reference UE’s path is studied by taking into consideration the overlaps among the small cells. Two types of handoff rates are introduced to estimate the load managed by different cells, where inter-frequency handoff (IRH) rate and intra-frequency handoff (IAH) rate represent the fraction of handoffs managed by the first tier and the other tiers, respectively. Our analysis shows that ignoring the overlaps among the small cells affects the accuracy of the results ignificantly. The simulation results validate the accuracy of the analytical results and also show the impact of different parameters such as the small cell density, the number of tiers and the size of the small cells on the small cell sojourn time, the macro cell sojourn time and the handoff rate.

Item Type: Article
DOI/Identification number: 10.1109/TWC.2018.2889465
Uncontrolled keywords: Mobility management, small cell networks, cell sojourn time, handoff rate, small cells coverage
Subjects: T Technology > TK Electrical engineering. Electronics Nuclear engineering > TK5101 Telecommunications > TK5103.4 Broadband (inc wireless broadband)
T Technology > TK Electrical engineering. Electronics Nuclear engineering > TK6540 Radio > TK6570.M6 Mobile communication systems
Divisions: Faculties > Sciences > School of Engineering and Digital Arts > Broadband & Wireless Communications
Depositing User: Huiling Zhu
Date Deposited: 28 Dec 2018 18:17 UTC
Last Modified: 30 May 2019 08:41 UTC
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