On providing mobility management in WOBANs: integration with PMIPv6 and MIH Articles uri icon

publication date

  • October 2013

start page

  • 172

end page

  • 181


  • 10


  • 51

International Standard Serial Number (ISSN)

  • 0163-6804

Electronic International Standard Serial Number (EISSN)

  • 1558-1896


  • The Wireless-Optical Broadband Access Network (WOBAN) is a promising access architecture that combines the high performance of optical networks with the ubiquity and convenience of wireless technologies. This article proposes a network-based mobility framework that is specially tailored for WOBANs. The proposed architecture is based on Proxy Mobile IPv6 and IEEE 802.21 mobility management protocols, but it also defines a number of optimizations that enable the seamless handover of mobile nodes. In particular, the hierarchical architecture together with the broadcast-and-select nature of the optical part of the WOBAN are leveraged to: optimize the mobility of users with respect to the overall network resources, both at the wireless access and optical distribution parts, remove the overhead of IP-in-IP tunneling between the PMIPv6 entities, and perform an efficient bicasting during the handover process to minimize packet loss. [Proyecto CAM S2009/TIC-1468.]


  • Telecommunications


  • ip networks; broadband networks; minimisation; mobility management (mobile radio); optical fibre lan; passive optical networks; protocols; radio-over-fibre