Journal of Medical Systems

, Volume 36, Issue 6, pp 3875–3891

Throughput and Delay Analysis of IEEE 802.15.6-based CSMA/CA Protocol

Original Paper

DOI: 10.1007/s10916-012-9860-0

Cite this article as:
Ullah, S., Chen, M. & Kwak, K.S. J Med Syst (2012) 36: 3875. doi:10.1007/s10916-012-9860-0


The IEEE 802.15.6 is a new communication standard on Wireless Body Area Network (WBAN) that focuses on a variety of medical, Consumer Electronics (CE) and entertainment applications. In this paper, the throughput and delay performance of the IEEE 802.15.6 is presented. Numerical formulas are derived to determine the maximum throughput and minimum delay limits of the IEEE 802.15.6 for an ideal channel with no transmission errors. These limits are derived for different frequency bands and data rates. Our analysis is validated by extensive simulations using a custom C+ + simulator. Based on analytical and simulation results, useful conclusions are derived for network provisioning and packet size optimization for different applications.


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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Chair of Pervasive and Mobile Computing, College of Computer and Information SciencesKing Saud UniversityRiyadhSaudi Arabia
  2. 2.School of Computer Science and TechnologyHuazhong University of Science and TechnologyWuhanChina
  3. 3.Graduate School of TelecommunicationsInha UniversityIncheonSouth Korea