Bridging UMTS and Multicast Routing in ns - 2

TitleBridging UMTS and Multicast Routing in ns - 2
Publication TypeConference Paper
Year of Publication2008
AuthorsBouras, C, Alexiou, A, Papazois, A
Conference NameFirst International Conference on Simulation Tools and Techniques for Communications, Networks, and Systems, Marseille, France
Date Published3 - 7 March
KeywordsMBMS, UMTS

In this paper, we present the design and the implementation of a novel scheme for the multicast transmission of data over Universal Mobile Telecommunications System (UMTS) networks. The proposed scheme is implemented as an ns-2 network simulator module which can be employed to investigate various aspects of UMTS multicast. Apart from the normal multicast transmission over UMTS, we consider the handling of exceptional cases induced by user mobility scenarios. The proposed scheme is in accordance with the current specifications of the Multimedia Multicast/Broadcast Service (MBMS) defined by the 3rd Generation Partnership Project (3GPP) and introduces minor modifications in the UMTS architecture and the mobility management mechanisms. The performance of the proposed scheme is validated and analyzed through simulation experiments. Finally, the simulation results are presented along with their analysis.