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Device-to-Device communication underlaying a cellular network enables local services with limited interference to the cellular network. In this paper we study the optimal selection of possible resource sharing modes with the cellular network in a single cell. Based on the learning from the single cell studies we propose a mode selection procedure for a multi-cell environment. Our evaluation results of the proposed procedure show that it enables a much more reliable device-to-device communication with limited interference to the cellular network compared to simpler mode selection procedures. A well performing and practical mode selection is critical to enable the adoption of underlay device-to-device communication in cellular networks.
Date of Conference: 18-21 April 2010