Various approaches for analyzing handover have been developed to guarantee the QoS (Quality of Service) of multimedia services over mobile communication networks. However, no framework for multicarrier-based broadband systems, such as MC-CDMA (Multi-Carrier Code Division Multiple Access) or OFDMA (Orthogonal Frequency Division Multiple Access) is available, from the perspective of link capacity. This paper presents a handover technique, referred to as semi-soft handover utilizing macro diversity, which permits both hard and soft handover advantages for services over multicarrier-based broadband networks to be retained. A theoretical analysis is then performed to measure the handover gain over the forward link in terms of an outage probability. The simulation data verifies that the semi-soft handover outperforms other traditional handover techniques, in particular, for high data rate services.