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Applying Blockchain Technology for Users Incentivization in mmWave-based Mesh Networks

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Rustam Pirmagomedov, Aleksandr Ometov, Dmitri Moltchanov, Xi Lu, Roman Kovalchukov, Ekaterina Olshannikova, Sergey Andreev, Yevgeni Koucharyavy, Mischa Dohler

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)50983-50994
Number of pages12
JournalIEEE Access
Volume8
Early online date6 Mar 2020
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - Mar 2020

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Abstract

Wireless traffic produced by modern mobile devices is characterized by high temporal and spatial dynamics as users spontaneously engage in collective applications where a significant portion of generated data remains localized. As a result, conventional service provisioning approaches may no longer be sufficient in beyond-5G systems. The challenge of increased dynamics on the access networks can be mitigated with moving access points. However, the deployment time of these temporary serving entities may lag behind the actual content demand lifetime. Another viable solution to offload excessive cellular traffic is to rely upon locally available radio resources offered by user devices via direct mmWave-based mesh interworking. An important challenge in such systems is related to the incentivization of users to partake in collaborative resource sharing. To efficiently leverage multi-hop mesh capabilities, we propose the use of emerging blockchain technology that offers cryptographically-strong accounting while maintaining anonymity of the participants. With system-level evaluations, we demonstrate that the utilization of mobile blockchain methods allows for non-incrementally improvements to the offloading gains.

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