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A comparative study of deployment options, capacity and cost structure for macrocellular and femtocell networks
KTH, School of Information and Communication Technology (ICT), Communication Systems, CoS. KTH, School of Information and Communication Technology (ICT), Centres, Center for Wireless Systems, Wireless@kth.
KTH, School of Information and Communication Technology (ICT), Centres, Center for Wireless Systems, Wireless@kth.
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, Published paper (Refereed)
Abstract [en]

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.

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IEEE , 2010. 145-150 p.
Keyword [en]
Network deployment, dimensioning, mobile broadband, cost-capacity performance, techno-economic analysis, spectrum allocation, wall penetration losses, off-loading, LTE, HSPA
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Telecommunications
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URN: urn:nbn:se:kth:diva-86691DOI: 10.1109/PIMRCW.2010.5670351Scopus ID: 2-s2.0-78751527423ISBN: 978-142449116-2 (print)OAI: oai:DiVA.org:kth-86691DiVA: diva2:500938
Conference
2010 IEEE 21st International Symposium on Personal, Indoor and Mobile Radio Communications Workshops, PIMRC 2010; Istanbul; 26 September 2010 through 30 September 2010
Note
QC 20120306Available from: 2012-02-13 Created: 2012-02-13 Last updated: 2012-03-06Bibliographically approved

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