Traditional cellular networks are forced to remain active regardless of the actual amount of traffic that is currently produced/requested, with a clear waste of energy. Two-layer mobile networks with separated signalling and data layers have been recently proposed for energy savings in future implementations. These networks are able to switch off unneeded data cells completely while maintaining full coverage with their signalling cells, thus saving energy. In this demonstration, we showcase a testbed that uses Wi-Fi access points to emulate small cells of the data layer and a publicly available cellular connection as the signalling layer. The testbed is used to demonstrate the general feasibility of this layered architecture and to facilitate experiments with network-wide resource optimization.

Demonstrating on-demand cell switching with a two-layer mobile network testbed

REDONDI, ALESSANDRO ENRICO CESARE;CAPONE, ANTONIO
2016

Abstract

Traditional cellular networks are forced to remain active regardless of the actual amount of traffic that is currently produced/requested, with a clear waste of energy. Two-layer mobile networks with separated signalling and data layers have been recently proposed for energy savings in future implementations. These networks are able to switch off unneeded data cells completely while maintaining full coverage with their signalling cells, thus saving energy. In this demonstration, we showcase a testbed that uses Wi-Fi access points to emulate small cells of the data layer and a publicly available cellular connection as the signalling layer. The testbed is used to demonstrate the general feasibility of this layered architecture and to facilitate experiments with network-wide resource optimization.
Proceedings - IEEE INFOCOM
9781467399555
9781467399555
Computer Science (all); Electrical and Electronic Engineering
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