Special Session

MIH-4-Media - Media Independent Handover Services for Multimedia applications

collocated with MOBIMEDIA - 6th International Mobile Multimedia Communications Conference

Fixed-Mobile Convergence trend suggests that the end-user will be able to attain “any service” on a single hand-held device using any available network that is optimized for the application at hand. Thus, the new communications vision is targeting at the integration of Internet, cellular and broadcasting services bringing the user fully in touch with the information age, whilst creating new market opportunities for content service providers and telecom manufacturers. Recent wireless trends suggest that the IEEE 802.21 Media Independent Handover (MIH) framework, which optimizes the handover procedures in heterogeneous access environments, will be the key enabling technology to support seamless user mobility in Next Generation Networks.

To this end this special session will:

  1. Provide an overview of IEEE 802.21 standard with special focus on MIH services (duration: 30 - 45 minutes)
  2. Explain how to simulate IEEE 802.21 scenarios (duration 30 minutes);
  3. Show a simulation based demo that involves the handover between WiMAX and Wi-Fi technologies in a Manhattan mobility model (duration 30 minutes);
  4. Present business modelling tools that describe how operators, users and other actors can benefit from the IEEE 802.21 framework (duration 45 minutes)


Hugo Marques
[Instituto Politécnico de Castelo Branco]
Luís Campos [PDM&FC]
Pedro Neves [PT Inovação]

Speakers and intended audience:

Pedro Neves  (PT Inovação)
Overview of IEEE 802.21 standard with special focus on MIH services

Intended audience:

  • Network architects willing to deploy solutions to address seamless mobility support in heterogeneous access environments
  • Students, researchers and professors interested in obtaining an overview of the MIH framework/services to identify and investigate open issues and limitations in existing mobility architectures
  • Consulting experts interested in obtaining a complete overview of seamless mobility procedures


Hugo Marques and José Ribeiro (Inst. Politécnico de Castelo Branco / Inst. de Telecomunicações)

Simulation of IEEE 802.21 scenarios with demonstration

Intended audience:
  • Researchers who had problems realizing exactly how to simulate 802.21 scenarios
  • Researchers who need to evaluate their design using simulations but not sure where to start
  • Users who have started looking at the basics of 802.21 and need to better understand how it works
  • Professors/teachers who are interested in illustrating protocol dynamics using animated examples
  • Anyone interested in next generation networks/future Internet


Luís Campos (PDM&FC)
Business Modelling Tools that describe how operators, users and other actors can benefit from the IEEE 802.21 framework

Intended audience:

  • Telecommunication operators who seek new business models for maximizing their infrastructure;
  • Application developers looking for new opportunities in a Vertical-Handover enabled environment
Regulators both in the areas of Telecommunications and Financial