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Cooperation and self-* for Small Cells Networks

Abstract :

The recent phenomenal traffic growth is driving mobile operators to tier their pricing plans based on consumed bandwidth. To maximize data traffic monetization, operators will need to consider smarter approaches while upgrading their current networks or deploying new ones.
Small Cells are an integral part of both mature 3G/4G and future 5G cellular networks. Small Cells may be de facto deployed in heterogeneous architectures for Macro cells densification, or homogeneously for minimum broadband coverage. In this respect, emerging challenges must be tackled: a reliable and economical backhaul is vital for Small Cells deployments. It is specifically more constraining for Small Cells deployments in green-field areas, where transport infrastructure are absent or non-owned. In other words, the mobile operator wants to ensure good quality access to broadband services based only on Small Cells, while reducing overall installation cost. In this thesis, we focus on cost-efficient backhaul solutions that may provide the minimum capacities required by end users. Our first contribution targets the provisioning of 4G Small Cells networks with sufficient capacity. Firstly, we provide a cost-efficient method that minimizes backhaul cost while respecting the constraints of access network traffic demand and connecting technologies characteristics. This method provides with customized cost-optimal backhaul solutions for a given Small Cells access network; those solutions are made up of different linking technologies. Secondly, we analyze the impact of end users activity -i.e. data exchange- on generated traffic on both a Small Cell logical interfaces S1 and X2; by taking into account different traffic components of an end user device. The analysis supplies with valuable insights on selecting the needed backhaul solutions. In our second contribution, we focus on improving capacity in WLAN systems. We design a MAC scheduling scheme for uplink multi-users transmissions: it enables to exchange minimal control frames required for the establishment of transmissions between the multiple transmitters and the receiver. Both analytic results and conducted proof-ofconcept simulations show improved efficiency for both system and user oriented performances.


Keywords: Small Cells, Green-Field Deployments, Wireless Backhaul, WLAN High capacity, UL MU-MIMO.

Speaker: 
Btissam Er-Rhamadi (DIONYSOS)
Date: 
Thursday, 15. September 2016 - 11:00
Place: 
IRISA Rennes, Campus of Beaulieu, build 12F, Room Métivier
Defense Type: 
Composition of jury: 

Yacine GHAMRI-DOUDANE         Professeur, Université de la Rochelle/ rapporteur

Pascal LORENZ                             Professeur, Université Haute-Alsace / rapporteur

Dominique GAITI                            Professeur, Université de Troyes / examinatrice

Erwan LEMERRER                        Ingénieur Senior, Technicolor / examinateur

Djamal-Eddine MEDDOUR          Ingénieur Senior,  Orange Labs / membre

Adlen KSENTINI                              Maître de Conférence, Eurecom / directeur de thèse

César VIHO                                      Professeur, Université de Rennes 1 / co-directeur de thèse