Spectrum Pooling in MmWave Networks: Opportunities, Challenges, and Enablers

Federico Boccardi, Hossein Shokri-Ghadikolaei, Ga Fodor, Elza Erkip, Carlo Fischione, Marios Kountouris, Petar Popovski, Michele Zorzi

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Motivated by the specific characteristics of mmWave technologies, we discuss the possibility of an authorization regime that allows spectrum sharing between multiple operators, also referred to as spectrum pooling. In particular, considering user rate as the performance measure, we assess the benefit of coordination among networks of different operators, study the impact of beamforming at both base stations and user terminals, and analyze the pooling performance at different frequency carriers. We also discuss the enabling spectrum mechanisms, architectures, and protocols required to make spectrum pooling work in real networks. Our initial results show that, from a technical perspective, spectrum pooling at mmWave has the potential to use the resources more efficiently than traditional exclusive spectrum allocation to a single operator. However, further studies are needed in order to reach a thorough understanding of this matter, and we hope that this article will help stimulate further research in this area.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Article number7744806
Pages (from-to)33-39
Number of pages7
JournalIEEE Communications Magazine
Issue number11
StatePublished - Nov 2016

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Computer Science Applications
  • Computer Networks and Communications
  • Electrical and Electronic Engineering


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