The urge to merge

When cellular service providers pool capacity

Sha Hua, Pei Liu, Shivendra Panwar

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Abstract

As cellular networks are turning into a platform for ubiquitous data access, cellular operators are facing a severe data capacity crisis due to the exponential growth of traffic generated by mobile users. In this work, we investigate the benefits of sharing infrastructure and spectrum among two cellular operators. Specifically, we provide a multi-cell analytical model using stochastic geometry to identify the performance gain under different sharing strategies, which gives tractable and accurate results. To validate the performance using a realistic setting, we conduct extensive simulations for a multi-cell OFDMA system using real base station locations. Both analytical and simulation results show that even a simple cooperation strategy between two similar operators, where they share spectrum and base stations, roughly quadruples capacity as compared to the capacity of a single operator. This is equivalent to doubling the capacity per customer, providing a strong incentive for operators to cooperate, if not actually merge.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Title of host publication2012 IEEE International Conference on Communications, ICC 2012
Pages5020-5025
Number of pages6
DOIs
StatePublished - 2012
Event2012 IEEE International Conference on Communications, ICC 2012 - Ottawa, ON, Canada
Duration: Jun 10 2012Jun 15 2012

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Other2012 IEEE International Conference on Communications, ICC 2012
CountryCanada
CityOttawa, ON
Period6/10/126/15/12

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Analytical models
Geometry

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Electrical and Electronic Engineering
  • Computer Networks and Communications

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Hua, S., Liu, P., & Panwar, S. (2012). The urge to merge: When cellular service providers pool capacity. In 2012 IEEE International Conference on Communications, ICC 2012 (pp. 5020-5025). [6363788] https://doi.org/10.1109/ICC.2012.6363788

The urge to merge : When cellular service providers pool capacity. / Hua, Sha; Liu, Pei; Panwar, Shivendra.

2012 IEEE International Conference on Communications, ICC 2012. 2012. p. 5020-5025 6363788.

Research output: Chapter in Book/Report/Conference proceedingConference contribution

Hua, S, Liu, P & Panwar, S 2012, The urge to merge: When cellular service providers pool capacity. in 2012 IEEE International Conference on Communications, ICC 2012., 6363788, pp. 5020-5025, 2012 IEEE International Conference on Communications, ICC 2012, Ottawa, ON, Canada, 6/10/12. https://doi.org/10.1109/ICC.2012.6363788
Hua S, Liu P, Panwar S. The urge to merge: When cellular service providers pool capacity. In 2012 IEEE International Conference on Communications, ICC 2012. 2012. p. 5020-5025. 6363788 https://doi.org/10.1109/ICC.2012.6363788
Hua, Sha ; Liu, Pei ; Panwar, Shivendra. / The urge to merge : When cellular service providers pool capacity. 2012 IEEE International Conference on Communications, ICC 2012. 2012. pp. 5020-5025
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