Do open resources encourage entry into the millimeter wave cellular service market?

Fraida Fund, Shahram Shahsavari, Shivendra S. Panwar, Elza Erkip, Sundeep Rangan

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The resource usage model for millimeter wave bands has been the subject of considerable debate. The massive bandwidth, highly directional antennas, high penetration loss and susceptibility to shadowing in these bands suggest certain advantages to spectrum and infrastructure sharing. In particular, resources that are 'open', such as unlicensed spectrum or a deployment of base stations open to all service providers, may offer greater gains in mmWave bands than at conventional cellular frequencies. However, even when sharing is technically beneficial (as recent research in this area suggests that it is), it may not be profitable. In this paper, both the technical and economic implications of resource sharing in millimeter wave networks are studied. Millimeter wave service is considered in the economic framework of a network good, where consumers' utility depends on the size of the network. Detailed network simulations are used to understand data rates, profit, and demand for millimeter wave service, with and without open resources. The results suggest that 'open' deployments of neutral small cells that serve subscribers of any service provider encourage market entry by making it easier for networks to reach critical mass, more than 'open' (unlicensed) spectrum would.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Title of host publication37th IEEE Sarnoff Symposium, Sarnoff 2016
PublisherInstitute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers Inc.
ISBN (Electronic)9781509015405
StatePublished - Feb 7 2017
Event37th IEEE Sarnoff Symposium, Sarnoff 2016 - Newark, United States
Duration: Sep 19 2016Sep 21 2016

Publication series

Name37th IEEE Sarnoff Symposium, Sarnoff 2016


Other37th IEEE Sarnoff Symposium, Sarnoff 2016
Country/TerritoryUnited States

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Computer Networks and Communications
  • Hardware and Architecture


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