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Mobility robustness optimization in self-organizing LTE femtocell networks

Wei Zheng1*, Haijun Zhang1*, Xiaoli Chu2 and Xiangming Wen1

Author Affiliations

1 Beijing Key Laboratory of Network System Architecture and Convergence, Beijing University of Posts and Telecommunications, Beijing 100876, China

2 Department of Electronic and Electrical Engineering, University of Sheffield, Sheffield, S1 3JD, UK

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EURASIP Journal on Wireless Communications and Networking 2013, 2013:27  doi:10.1186/1687-1499-2013-27

Published: 12 February 2013

Abstract

Femtocell is a promising solution for enhancing the indoor coverage and capacity in wireless networks. However, for the small size of femtocell and potentially frequent power on/off, existing handover schemes may not be reliable enough for femtocell networks. Moreover, improper handover parameters settings may lead to handover failures and unnecessary handovers, which make it necessary to enhance the mobility robustness for femtocells. In this article, we propose a gradient method and cost function-based mobility robustness optimization scheme for long term evolution (LTE) femtocell self-organizing networks. Moreover, signalling overhead of the scheme is analyzed. Simulation results show that the proposed scheme has a better performance than the fixed parameters method in terms of reduced the number of handover failures and unnecessary handovers with limited signalling modifications.