A comparative study of deployment options, capacity and cost structure for macrocellular and femtocell networks
2010 (English)In: Personal, Indoor and Mobile Radio Communications Workshops (PIMRC Workshops), 2010 IEEE 21st International Symposium on, IEEE , 2010, 145-150 p.Conference paper (Refereed)
In this paper we will compare the cost & capacity performance of femtocell and macrocellular networks. The motivation is the possibility to use femtocells as complement or as replacement of wide area networks and hence to save investments in macrocell networks. In this study the femtocells thus are used as a tool for operators to reduce network costs for mobile broadband. This represents another business case than the often presented cases with focus on improved indoor coverage in homes with focus on voice services. Our techno-economic analysis is made as a comparative case study where capacity and cost is analyzed for wireless broadband deployed in a newly built office area with high user density. In addition to wall penetration losses we take into account; the level of user demand, the density of existing macro base station sites, the recent improvements in cost and spectral efficiency for radio access technologies, and the use of wider system bandwidths. The main finding of the study is that femtocell solutions, for the considered demand levels, are more cost efficient when new macro base station sites need to be deployed, otherwise macrocell solutions are more cost-efficient.
Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
IEEE , 2010. 145-150 p.
Network deployment, dimensioning, mobile broadband, cost-capacity performance, techno-economic analysis, spectrum allocation, wall penetration losses, off-loading, LTE, HSPA
IdentifiersURN: urn:nbn:se:kth:diva-86691DOI: 10.1109/PIMRCW.2010.5670351ScopusID: 2-s2.0-78751527423ISBN: 978-142449116-2OAI: oai:DiVA.org:kth-86691DiVA: diva2:500938
2010 IEEE 21st International Symposium on Personal, Indoor and Mobile Radio Communications Workshops, PIMRC 2010; Istanbul; 26 September 2010 through 30 September 2010
QC 201203062012-02-132012-02-132012-03-06Bibliographically approved