Investigating Mobility Robustness in 5G Networks Using User-Adaptive Handoff Strategies

Masoto Chiputa, Peter Han Joo Chong, Saeed Ur Rehman, Arun Kumar

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Millimetre Wave (mmWaves) communication is a major capacity booster to the fifth generation (5G) mobile network. However, challenges of significant attenuation and high propagation losses lead to intermittent user connectivity. This limit mmWave applicability in the 5G mobile network. The dual connectivity (DC) architecture with its split control and data plane functionality has proven to be more effective. The DC model uses the less attenuated Long Term evolution (LTE) bands to coordinate mmWave cells while they provide on demand high capacity rates. This guarantees prolonged network association for mmWave links with minimal to no signalling cost at high user data rates. Minimizing signalling cost in LTE bands considering their scarcity is vital too. To that effect, intelligent Handoff (HO) strategies that prolong mmWave link association using minimal signalling cost are vital for a robust DC system. This paper investigates the performances of adaptive HO strategies given a highway multiuser-type mobility scenario on DC systems. Results show that adaptive HO solutions enhance link reliability in mmWaves with minimal signalling cost.

Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationAd Hoc Networks - 11th EAI International Conference, ADHOCNETS 2019, Proceedings
EditorsJun Zheng, Cheng Li, Peter Han Joo Chong, Weixiao Meng, Feng Yan
Place of PublicationSwitzerland
Number of pages14
ISBN (Electronic) 9783030372620
ISBN (Print)9783030372613
Publication statusPublished - 2019
Externally publishedYes
Event11th International Conference on Ad Hoc Networks, ADHOCNETS 2019 - Queenstown, New Zealand
Duration: 18 Nov 201921 Nov 2019

Publication series

NameLecture Notes of the Institute for Computer Sciences, Social-Informatics and Telecommunications Engineering, LNICST
Volume306 LNICST
ISSN (Print)1867-8211
ISSN (Electronic)1867-822X


Conference11th International Conference on Ad Hoc Networks, ADHOCNETS 2019
Country/TerritoryNew Zealand


  • 3GPP
  • 5G
  • Adaptive handoffs
  • Dual Connectivity
  • Millimeter wave
  • NR
  • Performance evaluation


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