With the ever-growing proliferation of mobile devices, the need for highly scalable IPv6 based mobility management services appeared. One of the main problems, however, is that there's not a generally accepted standard to satisfy the needs created by the mobile broadband traffic explosion, so examination and performance comparison of the scalable mobility-handling solution is essential to grant an uninterrupted connection between the two sides, even with the mobile terminals moving. Many different approaches were created based on the novel, requirements, which satisfy the expectations in different ways.
In this thesis, some mobility-handling protocols will be presented first, where I'll introduce the leading scalable, distributed implementations along with the currently used centralized, anchor-based mobility management. These methods will be categorized based on the main mobility aspects afterwards.
Also, I will introduce a generic network topology, and with it's help, I'll compare the different mobility protocols based on different metrics. The created model covers the examined methods' deviations, so it gives an opportunity to analyze the relative performances, from which scalability, the mobile device's status refreshment and the mathematical analysis of sending messages stand out. Following this, I evaluate the results and deduct the conclusions. I also make suggestions for the use of the protocols and present potential upgrade opportunities and future work.