Fast handover over micro-MPLS-based wireless networks

Scott Fowled, Sherali Zeadally

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Recently, there has been increasing interest in applying MPLS to IP-based wireless access networks [1]. During a handover on Mobile MPLS-based networks, a registration update message is sent from the Foreign Agent (FA) to the Home Agent (HA). This update message results in a handover delay because of the distance the registration update message must travel from the FA to the HA. To decrease frequent registration handover delays, a micro-mobility approach over MPLS-based networks (also known as Hierarchical Mobile MPLS (H-MPLS)) [2] method was proposed to overcome the limitations of the Mobile MPLS protocol. Studies have shown that with H-MPLS, the Mobile Node (MN) experiences considerably lower handover delays when compared with the delay incurred with conventional mobile MPLS [2], [3]. In this paper we propose to extend the use of H-MPLS by introducing Intermediate Label Information Base (I-LIB) on a Label Switching Router (LSR), which uses the MPLS forwarding and localized signaling. Our simulations demonstrate that with an 1-LIB, the end-to-end delay is reduced as a result of a decrease in the handover latency during the establishment of a new Label Switched Path (LSP). With increasing usage of wireless devices supporting delay sensitive traffic (such as voice and video over IP), it is essential to provide lower end-to-end by minimizing handover delays since large delays cause Quality of Service (QoS) degradations.

Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationProceedings - 11th IEEE Symposium on Computers and Communications, ISCC 2006
Number of pages6
StatePublished - 2006
Event11th IEEE Symposium on Computers and Communications, ISCC 2006 - Cagliari, Sardinia, Italy
Duration: Jun 26 2006Jun 29 2006

Publication series

NameProceedings - IEEE Symposium on Computers and Communications
ISSN (Print)1530-1346


Conference11th IEEE Symposium on Computers and Communications, ISCC 2006
CityCagliari, Sardinia

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Software
  • Signal Processing
  • Mathematics (all)
  • Computer Science Applications
  • Computer Networks and Communications


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