Improved Session Continuity in 5G NR with Joint Use of Multi-Connectivity and Guard Bandwidth

The intermittent millimeter-wave radio links as a result of human-body blockage are an inherent feature of the 5G New Radio (NR) technology by 3GPP. To improve session continuity in these emerging systems, two mechanisms have recently been proposed, namely, multi-connectivity and guard bandwidth. The former allows to establish multiple spatially-diverse connections and switch between them dynamically, while the latter reserves a fraction of system bandwidth for sessions changing their state from non-blocked to blocked, which ensures that the ongoing sessions have priority over the new ones. In this paper, we assess the joint performance of these two schemes for the user- and system-centric metrics of interest. Our numerical results reveal that the multi-connectivity operation alone may not suffice to increase the ongoing session drop probability considerably. On the other hand, the use of guard bandwidth significantly improves session continuity by somewhat compromising new session drop probability and system resource utilization. Surprisingly, the 5G NR system implementing both these techniques inherits their drawbacks. However, complementing it with an initial AP selection procedure effectively alleviates these limitations by maximizing the system resource utilization, while still providing sufficient flexibility to enable the desired trade-off between new and ongoing session drop probabilities. © 2018 IEEE.

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Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers Inc.
  • 1 Tampere University of Technology, Tampere, Finland
  • 2 RUDN University, Moscow, Russian Federation
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Bandwidth; Drops; Economic and social effects; Millimeter waves; Mobile telecommunication systems; Probability; Radio links; Drop probability; Guard bandwidth; Joint performance; Millimeter-wave radio; Numerical results; System bandwidth; System centric; System resource utilization; 5G mobile communication systems
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