- Karl Andersson
Pervasive and Mobile Computing Laboratory, Lule ̊a University of Technology, SE-931 87 Skellefte ̊a, Sweden
ISSN: 2182-2069 (printed) / ISSN: 2182-2077 (online)
Interworking Techniques and Architectures for Heterogeneous Wireless Networks
Fourth generation (4G) wireless systems targeting 100 Mb/s for highly mobile scenarios and 1 Gb/s for low mobility communication are soon to be deployed on a broad basis with LTE-Advanced and IEEE 802.16m as the two candidate systems. Traditional applications spanning everything from voice, video, and data to new machine-to-machine (M2M) applications with billions of connected de- vices transmitting sensor data will in a soon future use these networks. Still, interworking solutions integrating those new 4G networks with existing legacy wireless networks are important building blocks in order to achieve cost-efficient solutions, offer smooth migration paths from legacy systems, and to provide means for load balancing among different radio access technologies. This article categorizes and analyzes different interworking solutions for heterogeneous wireless networks and provides suggestions for further research.