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IP-based wireless networks will become the core of next-generation mobile networks. Mobility support plays an important role in all IP-based wireless networks for providing multimedia applications. In this article we address various major issues in mobility support for IP-based networks. Existing technology, including Mobile IP, Mobile IPv6, and other related techniques, are discussed. The issues of mobility support for wireless LANs, wireless WANs, 2-3G cellular networks, and next-generation heterogeneous mobile networks are also addressed in this article.
Date of Publication: Oct. 2005