Definition - What does Hard Handoff mean?
A hard handoff is a handoff technique used with cellular networks that requires the user's connection to be entirely broken with an existing base station before being switched to another base station. It enables mobile/cellular service providers to provide continuous service to users, especially when they are moving away from the connected base station/cell toward another base station/cell.
A hard handoff is also known as a hard handover or break-before-make handover.
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