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Resource allocation and management in multi-operator cellular networks with shared physical resources

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9 Author(s)
Anchora, L. ; Dept. of Inf. Eng. (DEI), Univ. of Padova, Padua, Italy ; Badia, L. ; Zhang, H. ; Fahldieck, T.
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In this paper, we focus on next-generation cellular networks and discuss physical resources sharing among the operators. This implies cooperative usage of the available radio frequencies and also infrastructure sharing. In particular, we analyze the spectrum sharing gain achievable at different time scales and the main factors impacting on it. Then, we move towards a wider idea of resource sharing and consider a joint spectrum and infrastructure sharing (full sharing). We describe a two-layer resource management architecture that enables operators to reduce costs while still guaranteeing a good service level. The main findings of our investigations are to quantify the effectiveness of resource sharing and open up new perspectives for the operators of next-generation networks.

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Wireless Communication Systems (ISWCS), 2012 International Symposium on

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28-31 Aug. 2012