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An Investigation of Femtocell Network Synchronization

Hasan, Mohammad Kamrul and Saeed, Rashid Abdelhaleem and Hassan Abdalla Hashim, Aisha and Islam, Shayla and Mahmoud, Omer and Khalifa, Othman Omran and Hameed, Shihab A. and Ismail, Ahmad Fadzil (2011) An Investigation of Femtocell Network Synchronization. In: 2011 IEEE Conference on Open Systems , 25-28 September, 2011, Langkawi, Kedah.

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Currently, Femtocell technology emerged for cellular wireless networks, which has rapidly engrossed cellular industry. The principle of femtocell to the mobile operators is to reduce cost and improve signal quality in indoor coverage which is also considered a possible path to the fixed–mobile convergence (FMC) goal. Femtocell extends network coverage and delivers high-quality mobile services inside residential and business buildings through broadband network i.e. ADSL. Femtocell access point (FAP) or home base station (HBS) intends to serve small number of users i.e. 4 users and covers about 30 meter square similar to existing WiFi access points. However, femtocell introduces new challenges to the telecom industries in terms of handoff between femto and macrocells, interference management, localization and synchronization. Among all of these challenges, synchronization is considered corner stone for proper working for femtocell. The problematic issue in femtocell synchronization is that all the data and control traffics travel through IP broadband network. The IP broadband network is usually owned and managed by third party and not by the mobile operator, which is complicated the synchronization. Unsynchronized FAPs may cause harm interferences and wrong handover dictions. In this study we investigate and overview the current femtocell synchronization techniques and compare between them. Possible improvements and recommendation for each method is identified. Proposed schemes and indicated future research areas are also discussed.

Item Type: Conference or Workshop Item (UNSPECIFIED)
Additional Information: 6260/10452 (Print ISBN: 978-1-61284-931-7), DOI : 10.1109/ICOS.2011.6079232
Uncontrolled Keywords: Femto Access Point (FAP) , Frequency Division Multiple Access (OFDMA) , Synchronization
Subjects: T Technology > TK Electrical engineering. Electronics Nuclear engineering > TK7800 Electronics. Computer engineering. Computer hardware. Photoelectronic devices > TK7885 Computer engineering
Kulliyyahs/Centres/Divisions/Institutes (Can select more than one option. Press CONTROL button): Kulliyyah of Engineering > Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering
Kulliyyah of Engineering
Depositing User: Puan Suriani Razali
Date Deposited: 16 Feb 2012 10:41
Last Modified: 29 Jul 2020 14:49
URI: http://irep.iium.edu.my/id/eprint/10452

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