Mobile Networks and Applications

, Volume 4, Issue 4, pp 301-310

First online:

Handover management in Low Earth Orbit (LEO) satellite networks

  • Ian F. AkyildizAffiliated withBroadband and Wireless Networking Laboratory, School of Electrical and Computer Engineering, Georgia Institute of Technology
  • , Hüseyin UzunalioğluAffiliated withBell Laboratories, Lucent Technologies
  • , Michael D. BenderAffiliated withDepartment of Defense

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Low Earth Orbit (LEO) satellite networks will play an important role in the evolving information infrastructure. Satellites in the low earth orbits provide communication with shorter end-to-end delays and efficient frequency usage. However, some problems need to be solved before LEO satellite systems can be successfully deployed. One of these problems is the handover management. The objective of this paper is to survey the basic concepts of LEO satellite networks and the handover research.