Enhanced Downlink Capacity in UMTS Supported by Direct Mobile-to-Mobile Data Transfer

  • Larissa Popova
  • Thomas Herpel
  • Wolfgang Koch
Conference paper
Part of the Lecture Notes in Computer Science book series (LNCS, volume 4479)


The goal of this work is first to analyze the feasibility of a peer-to-peer file sharing technique in mobile cellular environments, taking into account key characteristics and peculiarities of the UMTS Radio Access Network (UTRAN). The concept is referred here to as mobile-to-mobile (m2m). Next, our research efforts explore the performance benefits of m2m file sharing applications in UMTS networks in terms of releasing overall downlink capacity, which can be used to provide better Quality of Service (QoS) for real-time services. To evaluate the performance of the proposed m2m concept we conducted extensive simulation studies with appropriately modified radio propagation models for low antenna heights for both, transmitter and receiver, as it is typical for m2m.Two alternative scenarios of serving user requests (m2m network mode and conventional UMTS mode) have been constructed and analyzed. The results indicate a dramatic increase in service probability and overall throughput gain of up to 85 % in a UMTS network, supported by the m2m data transmission mode. Furthermore, results show that by a well-designed m2m routing policy and proper utilization of currently not used uplink resources (due to asymmetric uplink/downlink traffic load) substantial reduction of the expected file download time can be achieved.


Direct mobile-to-mobile data transfer WCDMA released downlink capacity asymmetric uplink/downlink traffic load unified radio interface data exchange policy 


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Larissa Popova
    • 1
  • Thomas Herpel
    • 1
  • Wolfgang Koch
    • 1
  1. 1.University Erlangen-NurembergGermany

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