Cost/revenue performance in an IMT-Advanced scenario with Spectrum Aggregation over non-contiguous frequency bands

J. Acevedo Flores, F. J. Velez, O. Cabral, D. Robalo, O. Holland, A. H. Aghvami, F. Meucci, A. Mihovska, N. R. Prasad, R. Prasad

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This paper determines the cost/revenue performance of a mobile communication system in an IMT-Advanced scenario with integrated Common Radio Resource Management (iCRRM). The iCRRM performs classic CRRM functionalities jointly with Spectrum Aggregation (SA), being able to switch users between non-contiguous frequency bands. The SA scheduling is obtained with an optimized General Multi-Band Scheduling (GMBS) algorithm with the aim of cell throughput maximization. In particular, we investigate the dependence of the throughput on the cell coverage distance for the allocation of users over the 2 and 5 GHz bands for a single operator scenario under a constant average Signal to Interference-plus-Noise Ratio (SINR), for the same type of Radio Access Technology and both frequency bands. The operator has the availability of a non-shared 2 GHz band and has access to part (or all) of a shared frequency band at 5 GHz. An almost constant gain near 30 % was obtained with the proposed optimal solution compared to a system where users are first allocated in one of the two bands and later not able to handover between the bands. It is shown that the profit in percentage terms decreases as the cell radius increases. These results allow for evaluating the impact of the revenue from the channel in the total revenue and in the profit, defined as the difference between revenues and costs, in percentage. Maximum profits of about 1270, 585 and 240 % have been obtained for prices of 0.10, 0.05 and 0.025 €/MByte, respectively, when iCRRM is employed, while profits of 990, 440, and 170 % have been reached with no iCRRM, i.e., simple CRRM. Finally, an energy efficiency strategy is proposed and analyzed, showing that there is significant transmission power saving potential through the opportunistic reallocation scheme.

Original languageEnglish
Title of host publication2014 21st International Conference on Telecommunications, ICT 2014
PublisherIEEE Computer Society Press
Number of pages5
ISBN (Print)9781479951413
Publication statusPublished - 2014
Event21st International Conference on Telecommunications, ICT 2014 - Lisbon, Portugal
Duration: 4 May 20147 May 2014


Conference21st International Conference on Telecommunications, ICT 2014


  • cost/revenue
  • energy efficiency
  • IMT-Advanced scenario
  • spectrum management


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