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Handover Parameter Optimization (HPO) and Load Balancing (LB) are two Self-Organization network (SON) aspects which aim at improving LTE system handover performance and user's satisfaction respectively. However, there is often counteraction between LB and HPO, because LB would increase the frequency of inter-cell handover and correspondingly increase the possibility of handover problems. Furthermore, most of the LB and HPO jointly optimization methods don't consider the network allowed maximum radio link failure (RLF) ratio, which would increase the possibility of call dropping although the cell loading is balanced. In this paper we introduce the network allowed maximum RLF ratio as a key indicator and a dynamic hysteresis-adjusting (DHA) method to harmonize the two aspects. Furthermore, we take the realistic network situations into account to obtain a more reliable result. The proposed method is evaluated by a series of system-level simulation which witnesses an improvement in handover performance and number of satisfied users in LTE networks.
Date of Conference: 6-9 May 2012