A simulation study on LTE handover and the impact of cell size

Muhammad Tayyab*, George P. Koudouridis, Xavier Gelabert

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In this paper we address the impact of cell size on the handover procedure in a Long Term Evolution (LTE) network. In particular, we highlight the potential problems that may occur when small cell densification is applied. In addition, the impact of the User Equipment (UE) speed is also analyzed. System level simulations are provided using a detailed LTE network simulator accounting for multiple points-of-failure and channel modeling compliant with LTE standards. We conclude that a certain cell size can be found around which any increase or decrease of the cell size brings performance degradations due to different limitations in the uplink. The performance is also degraded as UE speed increases, especially for small cell sizes. And for large cell sizes, we note that low speed UEs handover failures may rise due to the inability to “escape” from a poor radio condition area.

Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationBroadband Communications, Networks, and Systems - 9th International EAI Conference, Broadnets 2018, Proceedings
EditorsSaud Althunibat, Victor Sucasas, Georgios Mantas
Number of pages11
Publication statusPublished - 2019
MoE publication typeA4 Article in a conference publication
EventInternational Conference on Broadband Communications, Networks, and Systems - Faro, Portugal
Duration: 19 Sep 201820 Sep 2018
Conference number: 9

Publication series

NameLecture Notes of the Institute for Computer Sciences, Social-Informatics and Telecommunications Engineering, LNICST
ISSN (Print)1867-8211


ConferenceInternational Conference on Broadband Communications, Networks, and Systems
Abbreviated titleBROADNETS


  • Handover
  • LTE
  • Performance evaluation
  • Simulation

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