An Overview of IEEE 802.21: Media-Independent Handover Services Articles uri icon

publication date

  • August 2008

start page

  • 96

end page

  • 103


  • 4


  • 15

International Standard Serial Number (ISSN)

  • 1536-1284

Electronic International Standard Serial Number (EISSN)

  • 1558-0687


  • In recent years multitechnology-enabled terminals have become available. Such multimode terminals pose new challenges to mobility management. In order to address some of these challenges, the IEEE is currently working on a new specification on media-independent handover services (IEEE 802.21 MIH). The main aim of this specification is to improve user experience of mobile terminals by enabling handovers between heterogeneous technologies while optimizing session continuity. In this article we provide an overview of the current status of the IEEE 802.21 specification.