Base station (BS) densification is increasingly adopted by mobile operators in order to support increasing traffic demand. However, a large number of BSs requires many backhaul connections, which may be very expensive. For this reason, provisioning high speed backhaul connections to BSs in a cost-effective way is challenging, and it is important to efficiently utilize an existing fixed network infrastructure if possible. This paper proposes two optimized infrastructure-aware planning strategies for small cells and fiber backhaul. The first strategy is referred to as joint design (JD) and is based on the joint cost minimization of small cells and fiber backhaul. The JD strategy is compared to a traditional design (TD) solution based on a two-step optimization approach. In the latter a cost-optimal small cells placement is identified first, then the corresponding minimum cost fiber backhaul deployment is determined accordingly. A comparison between these two approaches in dense 5G urban scenarios shows that the relative performance of JD and TD largely depends on the expected traffic demand and on the existing infrastructure. In dense urban areas with the average traffic levels expected for the year 2020 and beyond, JD returns up to 50% lower deployment cost in a greenfield scenario, and up to 70% lower deployment cost in a brownfield scenario. Only in areas with extremely high traffic demand (e.g., open-air festivals and stadiums) JD returns deployment costs very similar to TD.

Benefits of joint planning of small cells and fiber backhaul in 5G dense cellular networks

TONINI, FEDERICO;RAFFAELLI, CARLA;
2017

Abstract

Base station (BS) densification is increasingly adopted by mobile operators in order to support increasing traffic demand. However, a large number of BSs requires many backhaul connections, which may be very expensive. For this reason, provisioning high speed backhaul connections to BSs in a cost-effective way is challenging, and it is important to efficiently utilize an existing fixed network infrastructure if possible. This paper proposes two optimized infrastructure-aware planning strategies for small cells and fiber backhaul. The first strategy is referred to as joint design (JD) and is based on the joint cost minimization of small cells and fiber backhaul. The JD strategy is compared to a traditional design (TD) solution based on a two-step optimization approach. In the latter a cost-optimal small cells placement is identified first, then the corresponding minimum cost fiber backhaul deployment is determined accordingly. A comparison between these two approaches in dense 5G urban scenarios shows that the relative performance of JD and TD largely depends on the expected traffic demand and on the existing infrastructure. In dense urban areas with the average traffic levels expected for the year 2020 and beyond, JD returns up to 50% lower deployment cost in a greenfield scenario, and up to 70% lower deployment cost in a brownfield scenario. Only in areas with extremely high traffic demand (e.g., open-air festivals and stadiums) JD returns deployment costs very similar to TD.
IEEE International Conference on Communications
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Tonini, Federico; Fiorani, Matteo; Raffaelli, Carla; Wosinska, Lena; Monti, Paolo
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