In WiMAX/IEEE 802.16 with mobility support, scanning for an available channel by a mobile station, at start up or when about to perform a handover must be done promptly in order to reduce delays in network access. We propose strategies that a mobile station can use to reduce the time required for scanning operations while attempting to establish network connectivity or perform a handover between neighboring base stations. We model and simulate an area of WiMAX coverage using real-world mobility trace data and show that there are strategies that reduce the time required for scanning operations significantly.

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Persistent URL dx.doi.org/10.1109/ACCESSNETS.2007.4447132
Conference 2nd International Conference on Access Networks and Workshops, AccessNets 2007
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Boone, P. (Paul), Barbeau, M, & Kranakis, E. (2007). Strategies for fast scanning and handovers in WiMAX/802.16. Presented at the 2nd International Conference on Access Networks and Workshops, AccessNets 2007. doi:10.1109/ACCESSNETS.2007.4447132