Original Paper

Journal of Medical Systems

, Volume 36, Issue 6, pp 3875-3891

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

  • Sana UllahAffiliated withChair of Pervasive and Mobile Computing, College of Computer and Information Sciences, King Saud University Email author 
  • , Min ChenAffiliated withSchool of Computer Science and Technology, Huazhong University of Science and Technology
  • , Kyung Sup KwakAffiliated withGraduate School of Telecommunications, Inha University

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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.


IEEE 802.15.6 MAC Throughput and Delay