, Volume 9, Issue 5, pp 431-441

Channel Allocation for GPRS with Buffering Mechanisms

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General Packet Radio Service (GPRS) provides mobile users end-to-end packet-switched services by sharing the radio channels with voice and circuit-switched services. In such a system, radio resource allocation for circuit-switched and packet-switched services is an important issue, which may affect the QoS for both services significantly. In this paper, we propose two algorithms: Dynamic Resource Allocation with Voice and Packet queues (DRAVP) and Dynamic Resource Allocation with Packet and Voice queues (DRAPV) for channel allocation of the voice calls and packets. We propose analytic and simulation models to investigate the performance of DRAVP and DRAPV in terms of voice call incompletion probability, packet dropping probability, average voice call waiting time, and average packet waiting time. Our study indicates that the buffering mechanism for GPRS packets significantly increase the acceptance rate of GPRS packets at the cost of slightly degrading the performance of voice calls.