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Toward 5G: FiWi Enhanced LTE-A HetNets with Reliable Low-Latency Fiber Backhaul Sharing and WiFi Offloading

Beyranvand, H and Levesque, M and Maier, M and Salehi, JA and Verikoukis, C and Tipper, D (2017) Toward 5G: FiWi Enhanced LTE-A HetNets with Reliable Low-Latency Fiber Backhaul Sharing and WiFi Offloading. IEEE/ACM Transactions on Networking, 25 (2). 690 - 707. ISSN 1063-6692

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To cope with the unprecedented growth of mobile data traffic, we investigate the performance gains obtained from unifying coverage-centric 4G mobile networks and capacity-centric fiber-wireless (FiWi) broadband access networks based on data-centric Ethernet technologies with resulting fiber backhaul sharing and WiFi offloading capabilities. Despite recent progress on backhaul-aware 4G studies with capacity-limited backhaul links, the performance-limiting impact of backhaul latency and reliability has not been examined in sufficient detail previously. In this paper, we evaluate the maximum aggregate throughput, offloading efficiency, and in particular, the delay performance of FiWi enhanced LTE-Advanced (LTE-A) heterogeneous networks (HetNets), including the beneficial impact of various localized fiber-lean backhaul redundancy and wireless protection techniques, by means of probabilistic analysis and verifying simulation, paying close attention to fiber backhaul reliability issues and WiFi offloading limitations due to WiFi mesh node failures as well as temporal and spatial WiFi coverage constraints. We use recent and comprehensive smartphone traces of the PhoneLab data set to verify whether the previously reported assumption that the complementary cumulative distribution function of both WiFi connection and interconnection times fit a truncated Pareto distribution is still valid. In this paper, we put a particular focus on the 5G key attributes of very low latency and ultra-high reliability and investigate how they can be achieved in FiWi enhanced LTE-A HetNets. Furthermore, given the growing interest in decentralization of future 5G networks (e.g., user equipment assisted mobility), we develop a decentralized routing algorithm for FiWi enhanced LTE-A HetNets.


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Item Type: Article
Status: Published
CreatorsEmailPitt UsernameORCID
Beyranvand, H
Levesque, M
Maier, M
Salehi, JA
Verikoukis, C
Tipper, Ddtipper@pitt.eduDTIPPER0000-0002-9429-6425
Date: 1 April 2017
Date Type: Publication
Journal or Publication Title: IEEE/ACM Transactions on Networking
Volume: 25
Number: 2
Page Range: 690 - 707
DOI or Unique Handle: 10.1109/tnet.2016.2599780
Schools and Programs: School of Information Sciences > Telecommunications
Refereed: Yes
ISSN: 1063-6692
Date Deposited: 03 Jul 2017 14:40
Last Modified: 30 Mar 2021 11:55


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