Design of IP network using GPRS/UMTS/HSDPA+ Technology

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The design and implementation of internet protocol (IP) networks is not new. Researches in the past have focused on the design and implementation of IP networks with Fixed Broadband (FBB) technologies. This study researches into how Mobile Broadband (MBB) technologies, such as General Packet Radio Service (GPRS) and Universal Mobile Telecommunications System (UMTS), could be used as an alternative to FBB technologies in the design and implementation of IP networks for businesses. The study made use of the User Equipment-to-User Equipment (UE-to-UE) communication solely within the GPRS and UMTS Radio Access Network (RAN); MBB over layers two and three of the Open Systems Interconnection (OSI) model, promulgated by the International Organization for Standardization (ISO/IEC 7498-1, 1994), and Internet Protocol Security (IPsec) as methods in the design of the MBB IP networks for businesses. Data for both FBB and MBB were obtained from experiments and compared to support the objective of the research. The analysis of both technologies based on the experiments performed showed, they are basically at par in performance with each having its strengths and weaknesses. The research showed MBB has low latency where radio service is adequate but suffers attenuation where people are crowded. The experiments and analyses showed MBB is suitable for use in the design and implementation of IP networks for businesses.  
A Thesis submitted to the Institute Of Distance Learning, Kwame Nkrumah University of Science and Technology in partial fulfilment of the requirements for the degree of Masters of Information Technology, 2016