Enhanced handover signaling through integrated MME-SDN controller solution
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PublisherInstitute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers (IEEE)
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European Commission's project5G-AURA - Application-aware User-centric Programmable Architectures for 5G Multi-tenant Networks (EC-H2020-675806)
The future wireless networks are expected to be extremely dense and heterogeneous, with the users experiencing multi-connectivity through the multiple available radio access technologies (RATs). These prevalent characteristics, along with the strict QoS requirements, renders the handover (HO) process optimization as a critical objective for future networks. Along side the evolving network characteristics and methodologies, an evolving network architecture needs to be considered as well. Such evolution should not only facilitate HO process enhancement, i.e., reduction in HO delay and signaling, but it should also allow for a smooth transition from current to future wireless networks. Hence, in this work we firstly present an evolutionary core network entity called the Integrated MME-SDN Controller and the associated network architecture. The proposed architecture provides a migratory path for the existing 3GPP cellular architectures towards the 5G networks. Next, we discuss the benefits and challenges of such an architectural approach, with one of the benefits being a manageable CAPEX for the network operators through its transitional nature. Subsequently, utilizing the aforementioned proposed architecture, we present the handover process enhancement for the current 3GPP defined HO processes. We quantify the improvements achieved in terms of latency, transmission and processing cost for the different 3GPP HO processes. We also show that the proposed HO mechanism leads to a significant reduction in latency and signaling for certain types of HOs which, as a consequence, will critically benefit any dense and heterogeneous wireless system, such as 5G.
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CitationJain, A.; Lopez-Aguilera, E.; Demirkol, I. Enhanced handover signaling through integrated MME-SDN controller solution. A: IEEE Vehicular Technology Conference. "2018 IEEE 87th Vehicular Technology Conference (VTC Spring): Porto, Portugal, 3-6 June 2018: proceedings". Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers (IEEE), 2018, p. 1-7.