Overflow control for cellular mobility database

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In a cellular phone system, the service area is partitioned into several location areas (LA's). Every LA is associated with a mobility database called visitor location register (VLR). When a mobile user enters an LA, the user must register to the VLR before receiving any cellular service. If the VLR is full, the registration procedure fails and the system cannot deliver services to the user under the existing cellular technology. To resolve this problem, we propose a VLR overflow control scheme to accommodate the incoming mobile users during VLR overflow. Our scheme only requires minor modifications to the existing cellular mobility management protocols. Particularly, no modification is made to the mobile phones. An analytic model is proposed to investigate the performance of the overflow control scheme. When exercising the scheme, the call setup procedure for an 'overflow' user is more expensive than that for a 'normal' user. Under the range of input parameters considered in our study, we show that even if the VLR overflow situation is serious, the overhead for exercising the overflow control scheme is very low.

Original languageEnglish
Article number832983
Pages (from-to)520-530
Number of pages11
JournalIEEE Transactions on Vehicular Technology
Issue number2
StatePublished - 1 Mar 2000


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