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International Journal of Vehicular Technology
Volume 2014, Article ID 971297, 15 pages
Research Article

Handover Performance over a Coordinated Contiguous Carrier Aggregation Deployment Scenario in the LTE-Advanced System

1Department of Electronics, Electrical and System Engineering, Faculty of Engineering and Build Environment, Universiti Kebangsaan Malaysia, 43600 Bangi, Selangor, Malaysia
2MIMOS Berhad, Technology Park Malaysia, 57000 Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia

Received 25 May 2014; Revised 26 July 2014; Accepted 27 July 2014; Published 31 August 2014

Academic Editor: Martin Reisslein

Copyright © 2014 Ibraheem Shayea et al. This is an open access article distributed under the Creative Commons Attribution License, which permits unrestricted use, distribution, and reproduction in any medium, provided the original work is properly cited.


Although various carrier aggregation deployment scenarios (CADSs) have been introduced in the LTE-Advanced system, issues related to insufficient eNB coverage that leads to low throughput and high drop call have yet to be solved. This paper proposes a new deployment scenario called coordinated contiguous-CADS (CC-CADS), which utilizes two-component carriers (CCs) that operate on two frequencies located in a contiguous band. Each CC antenna is directed to a cell boundary of the other CC. The handover performance of users with various mobility speeds under CC-CADS has been investigated and compared with various deployment scenarios proposed by 3GPP. Simulation results show that the received signal reference power (RSRP) enhancement and performed handover, ping-pong, drop call, and outage probabilities reductions in CC-CADS outperformed the 3GPP’s CADSs, thus leading to reduced interruption time, improved spectral efficiency, and seamless handover.