An enhanced radio resource allocation approach for efficient MBMS service provision in UTRAN
SourceIEEE International Symposium on Personal, Indoor and Mobile Radio Communications, PIMRC
2008 IEEE 19th International Symposium on Personal, Indoor and Mobile Radio Communications, PIMRC 2008
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As currently specified by 3GPP, MBMS (Multimedia Broadcast Multicast Service) content can be provided in a cell by either Point-to-Point (P-t-P) or Point-to-Multipoint (P-t-M) transmission mode, but not both at the same time. In earlier work we highlighted the deficiencies of the current approach and proposed the concept of the "Dual transmission mode cell", in which P-t-P (DCH) and P-t-M (FACH) transmissions can coexist and allowed to dynamically adapt through time, to address them. In this paper we further analyze the deficiencies of the current 3GPP approach and enhance our previous work to efficiently address the problem in high mobility scenarios as well. The proposed algorithm takes into consideration both the distribution and the movement of the MBMS users' within the cell (using the CPICH Ec/No signal strength as a reference) and dynamically decides which MBMS users should be served using FACH and which should be served using DCH. Simulation results show significant transmission power savings, considerable reduction on the aggregated signaling and processing effort introduced, while QoS requirements are still fulfilled. © 2008 IEEE.