Improving quality of service in WiMAX communication at vehicular speeds: A new call admission control solution

Document Type

Journal Article


John Wiley & Sons Ltd.


Faculty of Health, Engineering and Science


School of Engineering




Originally published as: Ahmad, I. and Habibi, D. (2013), Improving quality of service in WiMAX communication at vehicular speeds: a new call admission control solution. Wireless Communications and Mobile Computing, 13(5) 451–459. Original available here


Call admission control (CAC) scheme serves as a useful tool for the WiMAX technology, which ensures that resources are not overcommitted and thereby, all existing connections enjoy guaranteed quality of service (QoS). CAC schemes largely rely on readily available information like currently available resources and bandwidth demand of the new call while making an acceptance or rejection decision once a new request arrives. Since wireless channels are not as reliable as wired communication, CAC scheme in WiMAX communication faces a serious challenge of making a right estimate of the usable channel capacity (i.e., effective throughput capacity) while computing the available resources in various communication scenarios. Existing CAC schemes do not consider the impact of mobility at vehicular speeds when computing the usable link capacity and available resources. The main limitation of such CAC scheme is that when a mobile node moves at a slower speed and makes a connection request to the base station (BS), the BS evaluates the situation based on the currently available information. The BS in such cases, is short-sighted and often overestimates the available resources as it completely ignores the scenario when the SS reaches its top speed within a very short time after a CAC decision is made, causing a significant drop in usable throughput. In this paper, we address this limitation of existing WiMAX CAC schemes and propose a new CAC scheme that estimates the usable link capacity for WiMAX communication at vehicular speeds and uses this information while making a CAC decision. We also present a CAC scheme that takes the speed distribution model of a mobile node into account during the CAC decision making process. Simulation results confirm that the proposed scheme achieves lower dropping rate and improved QoS compared to existing schemes.