Cognitive radio with secondary packet-by-packet vertical handover

Jonathan Gambini, Osvaldo Simeone, Umberto Spagnolini, Yeheskel Bar-Ness, Yungsoo Kim

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According to the commons model of cognitive radio, the activity of secondary (unlicensed) nodes is required to guarantee quality-of-service (QoS) constraints on the transmission of primary (licensed) terminals. Towards this goal, vertical handover between different radio interfaces is currently being investigated as a promising solution to enhance flexibility in unlicensed channel access. In this paper, we propose an analysis of cognitive radio with vertical handover capability in a simple scenario with one secondary node and two primary nodes that employ different radio interfaces with packet-based transmission. The maximum stable throughput of the secondary node is evaluated under maximum-delay QoS constraints on the primary activity as a function of system geometry, QoS constraints and sensing errors. Numerical results show the relevant advantages of optimal vertical handover in terms of the throughput of secondary nodes.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Title of host publicationICC 2008 - IEEE International Conference on Communications, Proceedings
Number of pages5
StatePublished - 2008
EventIEEE International Conference on Communications, ICC 2008 - Beijing, China
Duration: May 19 2008May 23 2008

Publication series

NameIEEE International Conference on Communications
ISSN (Print)0536-1486


OtherIEEE International Conference on Communications, ICC 2008

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Computer Networks and Communications
  • Electrical and Electronic Engineering


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