The impact of beamforming and coordination on spectrum pooling in mmWave cellular networks

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

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Abstract

Spectrum pooling is not typically used in current cellular networks, because it only provides a slight performance improvement while requiring heavy coordination among different cellular operators. However, these problems can be potentially overcome in millimeter-wave (mmWave) networks, thanks to the use of beamforming both at base stations and at user equipments. In this paper, we develop a joint beamforming and cell association optimization problem to characterize the performance gain that can be obtained when spectrum pooling is used, as a function of the underlying beamforming and coordination strategies. Our performance analysis reveals that beamforming can substantially reduce the need for coordination and simplify the implementation of spectrum pooling. These benefits are more prominent at higher mmWave frequencies (for example, 73 GHz) due to the possibility of having antenna arrays with more elements within the radome. The results of this paper provides useful insights on the feasibility of spectrum pooling at mmWave networks.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Title of host publicationConference Record of the 50th Asilomar Conference on Signals, Systems and Computers, ACSSC 2016
EditorsMichael B. Matthews
PublisherIEEE Computer Society
Pages21-26
Number of pages6
ISBN (Electronic)9781538639542
DOIs
StatePublished - Mar 1 2017
Event50th Asilomar Conference on Signals, Systems and Computers, ACSSC 2016 - Pacific Grove, United States
Duration: Nov 6 2016Nov 9 2016

Publication series

NameConference Record - Asilomar Conference on Signals, Systems and Computers
ISSN (Print)1058-6393

Other

Other50th Asilomar Conference on Signals, Systems and Computers, ACSSC 2016
CountryUnited States
CityPacific Grove
Period11/6/1611/9/16

Keywords

  • Spectrum pooling
  • beamforming
  • coordination
  • millimeter wave networks

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Signal Processing
  • Computer Networks and Communications

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