Mobility protocols for handoff management in heterogeneous networks

F. Siddiqui, S. Zeadally

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Future generation networks are expected to be a combination of several types of access technologies that vary in their characteristics. Efficient handoff management techniques are required to enable end-users to seamlessly access these networks as they roam across different geographic locations. We describe recent protocols (application, transport, and network) such as Mobile IP, Session Initiation Protocol (SIP), and Stream Control Transmission Protocol (SCTP) that have been deployed to handle handoffs. We present an empirical performance evaluation of the three protocols using performance metrics such as handoff delay. We found that Mobile IP yields the highest handoff delay out of all the three mobility protocols. SIP and SCTP yield (33 %) and (55 %) lower handoff delays compared to Mobile IP.

Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationPersonal Wireless Communications - IFIP TC6 11th International Conference, PWC 2006, Proceedings
EditorsPedro Cuenca, Luiz Orozco-Barbosa
Number of pages12
StatePublished - 2006
EventIFIP TC6 11th International Conference on Personal Wireless Communications, PWC 2006 - Albacete, Spain
Duration: Sep 20 2006Sep 22 2006

Publication series

NameLecture Notes in Computer Science (including subseries Lecture Notes in Artificial Intelligence and Lecture Notes in Bioinformatics)
Volume4217 LNCS
ISSN (Print)0302-9743
ISSN (Electronic)1611-3349


ConferenceIFIP TC6 11th International Conference on Personal Wireless Communications, PWC 2006


  • Handoff
  • Heterogeneous
  • Mobility
  • Networks
  • Protocols

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Theoretical Computer Science
  • Computer Science (all)


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