Association of networked flying platforms with small cells for network centric 5G+ C-RAN

Syed Awais Wahab Shah, Tamer Khattab, Muhammad Zeeshan Shakir, Mazen Omar Hasna

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5G+ systems expect enhancement in data rate and coverage area under limited power constraint. Such requirements can be fulfilled by the densification of small cells (SCs). However, a major challenge is the management of fronthaul links connected to an ultra dense network of SCs. A cost effective and scalable idea of using network flying platforms (NFPs) is employed here, where the NFPs are used as fronthaul hubs that connect the SCs to the core network. The association problem of NFPs and SCs is formulated considering a number of practical constraints such as backhaul data rate limit, maximum supported links and bandwidth by NFPs and quality of service requirement of the system. The network centric case of the system is considered that aims to maximize the number of associated SCs without any biasing, i.e., no preference for high priority SCs. Then, two new efficient greedy algorithms are designed to solve the presented association problem. Numerical results show a favorable performance of our proposed methods in comparison to exhaustive search.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publication2017 IEEE 28th Annual International Symposium on Personal, Indoor, and Mobile Radio Communications (PIMRC)
Place of PublicationMontreal, Canada
Number of pages7
ISBN (Electronic)9781538635315
ISBN (Print)9781538635292
Publication statusPublished - 15 Feb 2018


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