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A Two-Layered Mobility Architecture Using Fast Mobile IPv6 and Session Initiation Protocol

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EURASIP Journal on Wireless Communications and Networking20072008:348594

  • Received: 27 November 2006
  • Accepted: 24 May 2007
  • Published:


This paper proposes an integrated mobility scheme that combines the procedures of fast handover for Mobile IPv6 (FMIPv6) and session initiation protocol (SIP) mobility for realtime communications. This integrated approach is based on the context of the applications utilized. Furthermore, to reduce system redundancies and signaling loads, several functionalities of FMIPv6 and SIP have been integrated to optimize the integrated mobility scheme. The proposed scheme aims at reducing the handover latency and packet loss for an ongoing realtime traffic. Using ns-2 simulation, we analyze the performance of the proposed integrated scheme and compare it with the existing protocols for a VoIP and for a video stream traffic. This mobility architecture achieves lower handover delay and less packet loss than using either FMIPv6 or SIP and hence presents a powerful handover mobility scheme for next generation IP-based wireless systems.


  • Packet Loss
  • Video Stream
  • Session Initiation Protocol
  • Signaling Load
  • Mobile IPv6

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Authors’ Affiliations

Department of Electrical Engineering, University of Cape Town, Rondebosch, 7701, South Africa


© Deeya S. Nursimloo et al. 2008

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