Title: Interoperability mechanisms and criteria for LTE and mobile-WIMAX

Authors: Anwar Mousa

Addresses: University of Palestine, P.O. Box 1219, Gaza-Palestine

Abstract: In this paper, basic mechanisms of interoperability between long-term evolution (LTE) as 4G cellular system and mobile WIMAX networks as 4G wireless are introduced. Two cost-based mechanisms are investigated to represent two interoperability functions: initial network selection (INS) and inter-network handover (INH). Simplified approaches that ease the evaluation of related cost functions (CFs) are proposed. The necessary assumptions for the implementation of a joint LTE-WIMAX system level simulator platform, through a real coexistence scenario, are proposed. Numerical results show a considerable enhancement in terms of selected performance metrics such as blocking and dropping probabilities. Weight values readjustments are also tested to highlight the critical key factors affecting interoperability mechanisms.

Keywords: LTE; long-term evolution; mobile WIMAX networks; interoperability; initial network selection; INS; inter-network handover; INH; 4G communications.

DOI: 10.1504/IJICT.2013.052301

International Journal of Information and Communication Technology, 2013 Vol.5 No.1, pp.1 - 21

Received: 07 Apr 2012
Accepted: 21 Sep 2012

Published online: 26 Feb 2013 *

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