The introduction of mm-wave technologies in the future 5G networks poses a rich set of network access challenges. We need new ways of dealing with legacy network functionalities to fully unleash their great potential, among them the cell discovery procedure is one of the most critical. In this article, we propose novel cell discovery algorithms enhanced by the context information available through a C-/Uplane- split heterogeneous network architecture. They rely on a geo-located context database to overcome the severe effects of obstacle blockages. Moreover, we investigate the coordination problem of multiple mm-wave base stations that jointly process user access requests. We show that optimizing the resource allocated to the discovery has a great importance in defining perceived latency and supported user request rate. We have performed complete and accurate numerical simulations to provide a clear overview of the main challenging aspects. Results show that the proposed solutions have an outstanding performance with respect to basic discovery approaches and can fully enable mm-wave cell discovery in 5G networks.
|Titolo:||Facing the Millimeter-wave Cell Discovery Challenge in 5G Networks with Context-awareness|
|Data di pubblicazione:||2016|
|Appare nelle tipologie:||01.1 Articolo in Rivista|