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A Survey of Self Organisation in Future Cellular Networks

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4 Author(s)
Aliu, O.G. ; Centre for Commun. & Syst. Res. (CCSR), Univ. of Surrey, Guildford, UK ; Imran, A. ; Imran, M.A. ; Evans, B.

This article surveys the literature over the period of the last decade on the emerging field of self organisation as applied to wireless cellular communication networks. Self organisation has been extensively studied and applied in adhoc networks, wireless sensor networks and autonomic computer networks; however in the context of wireless cellular networks, this is the first attempt to put in perspective the various efforts in form of a tutorial/survey. We provide a comprehensive survey of the existing literature, projects and standards in self organising cellular networks. Additionally, we also aim to present a clear understanding of this active research area, identifying a clear taxonomy and guidelines for design of self organising mechanisms. We compare strength and weakness of existing solutions and highlight the key research areas for further development. This paper serves as a guide and a starting point for anyone willing to delve into research on self organisation in wireless cellular communication networks.

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Communications Surveys & Tutorials, IEEE  (Volume:15 ,  Issue: 1 )