End to End Mobility Management Framework (EMF) for Multi homed Mobile Devices

Principal Investigator’s Organization (PIO):

Muhammad Ali Jinnah University, Islamabad

Principal Investigator (PI):

Dr. Amir Qayyum


Future of telecommunication networks is broadband, wireless, ubiquitous and personal access to a wide variety of applications. These applications are expected to be offered through next-generation all-IP network, consisting of several, potentially incompatible, wireless access technologies such as Wi-Fi, Wi-Max, WCDMA, etc. The increasing user desire to be ‘always connected’, even when they move from one access network to another leads to a challenging requirement for mobility management in order to ensure seamless mobility and services/session continuity. The objective of this End-to-end Mobility Management Framework (EMF) project was to provide seamless connectivity across heterogeneous access networks. The framework that was developed include mechanisms, algorithms and components required to provide seamless mobility, enabling service continuity to applications. EMF aimed at a comprehensive approach to provide seamless and pervasive end-to-end service, across and within heterogeneous network and developed a set of functions supporting multiple services. These functions include network detection, network selection, inter-network handovers, location updates and connections with multiple access technologies simultaneously. This framework can also support data striping for bandwidth aggregation by simultaneously utilizing multiple network interfaces, resulting in better throughput and efficient resource utilization. Key benefits of this project are given below: End users, having multihomed mobile devices, would be able to efficiently utilize these multiple network interfaces by having seamless continuation of services, or by using new services without any extra mobility support from the network. Seamless vertical handovers, that was focus of this project, would help to bridge the coverage gaps of different access networks, when an alternate is available. Bandwidth aggregation would enable end users to experience better throughput for data intensive applications, when overlapping network connectivity is available.

Start Date 01-Sep-2008

Duration 27 months

Budget PKR 14.89 million

Status  Closed Project

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Publications   N/A

Thematic Area  Telecommunication

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