MOFETA: A Network Architecture Based on MObile FEmtocells to Enhance Cellular Connectivity on TrAins

  • Patricia Noriega-Vivas
  • Celeste Campo
  • Carlos Garcia-Rubio
  • Alicia Rodriguez-Carrion
Part of the Lecture Notes in Computer Science book series (LNCS, volume 7266)


Nowadays the quality of the indoor coverage on trains is not enough to offer broadband services, mainly due to two factors: the high penetration losses caused by Faraday cage characteristics of the railcars and the high speeds reached. In this paper we aim to enhance the 3G indoor coverage on trains by setting up femtocells inside the railcars and establishing several wireless interfaces along the roof of the train. We design an architecture to connect the train to the fixed network in a transparent manner, so that the end users do not experience service disruptions during the journey. Finally, we deploy a testbed to evaluate the performance of the mobility management system based on test results.


mobile femtocell multihomed femtocell femtocell MOBIKE 


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Patricia Noriega-Vivas
    • 1
  • Celeste Campo
    • 1
  • Carlos Garcia-Rubio
    • 1
  • Alicia Rodriguez-Carrion
    • 1
  1. 1.Department of Telematic EngineeringUniversity Carlos III of MadridSpain

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