A Combination of Optimal Partitioning and Location Prediction to Assist Paging in Mobile Cellular Networks

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The correlated both in space and time user mobility behavior can aid significantly in the localization of a moving terminal in the network coverage area. However, there is always some uncertainty in mobile user position and a network-wide search cannot be done. Therefore, a predictive paging scheme must always be combined with a location update strategy and a compatible algorithm to conduct the search. In this paper, we introduce a new strategy that combines an optimal partitioning of the location area (LA) with a model to predict user movements, based on the additional information of the cell where the last interaction between the network and the terminal took place. We study the performance of the strategy under delay bounds and different mobility and call arrival characteristics. It is found that the new scheme further minimizes signaling costs and enhances previous sequential paging algorithms.

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