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Technical Advances in the Design and Deployment of Future Heterogeneous Networks

Heterogeneous Networks (HetNets) that combine cells from various sizes ranging from macrocells to different kinds of small-cells are widely seen as one of the approaches that will be used to solve the problem of rapidly increasing data traffic in cellular networks. Based on such observation, this special issue focuses on the crucial aspects of practical design and management issues for heterogeneous networks, including energy and bandwidth efficiency of multi-tier wireless heterogeneous networks as well as interference and radio resource management algorithms.

Edited by: Lila Boukhatem, Adrian Kliks, Jordi Perez-Romero and Andreas Zalonis

  1. Research

    Proposal and analysis of integrated PTN architecture in the mobile backhaul to improve the QoS of HetNets

    The rapid progress made in mobile device technologies has implied that the access network must evolute and develop new strategies to satisfy the requirements of the users. Heterogeneous network (HetNet) allows...

    David Cortés-Polo, José-Luis González-Sánchez, Javier Carmona-Murillo and Franciso J Rodríguez-Pérez

    EURASIP Journal on Wireless Communications and Networking 2015 2015:116

    Published on: 23 April 2015

  2. Research

    Interference characterization and mitigation benefit analysis for LTE-A macro and small cell deployments

    This article presents a characterization of different LTE-Advanced network deployments with regard to downlink interference and resource usage. The investigation focuses on heterogeneous networks (HetNets) wit...

    Víctor Fernández-López, Klaus I Pedersen and Beatriz Soret

    EURASIP Journal on Wireless Communications and Networking 2015 2015:110

    Published on: 18 April 2015

  3. Research

    Coordinated multi-point transmission for relaxation of self-backhauling bottlenecks in heterogeneous networks

    The heterogeneous deployment of high-power macro cells and low-power nodes (LPNs) is now widely acknowledged as an essential requirement towards meeting the continued demand for mobile data capacity. The selec...

    Beneyam B. Haile, Edward Mutafungwa and Jyri Hämäläinen

    EURASIP Journal on Wireless Communications and Networking 2015 2015:78

    Published on: 20 March 2015

  4. Research

    Scalable HetNet interference management and the impact of limited channel state information

    Interference management is important in wireless cellular networks such as long-term evolution (LTE) and LTE-A, where orthogonal frequency division multiple access (OFDMA), dense frequency reuse and heterogene...

    Alessandro Chiumento, Sofie Pollin, Claude Desset, Liesbet Van der Perre and Rudy Lauwereins

    EURASIP Journal on Wireless Communications and Networking 2015 2015:74

    Published on: 14 March 2015

  5. Research

    A model for virtual radio resource management in virtual RANs

    The combination of Network Function Virtualisation (NFV) and cloud-based radio access network (C-RAN) is a candidate approach for the next generation of mobile networks. In this paper, the novel concept of vir...

    Sina Khatibi and Luis M Correia

    EURASIP Journal on Wireless Communications and Networking 2015 2015:68

    Published on: 12 March 2015

  6. Research

    Cache-enabled small cell networks: modeling and tradeoffs

    We consider a network model where small base stations (SBSs) have caching capabilities as a means to alleviate the backhaul load and satisfy users’ demand. The SBSs are stochastically distributed over the plan...

    Ejder Baştuǧ, Mehdi Bennis, Marios Kountouris and Mérouane Debbah

    EURASIP Journal on Wireless Communications and Networking 2015 2015:41

    Published on: 26 February 2015

  7. Research

    Energy-efficient design of two-tier femtocell networks

    With the exponential increase in mobile internet traffic, future cellular networks face great challenges to satisfy the demand of network capacity. At the same time, high data rate transmission and rapid incre...

    Ying Wang, Yuan Zhang, Yongce Chen and Rong Wei

    EURASIP Journal on Wireless Communications and Networking 2015 2015:40

    Published on: 24 February 2015

  8. Research

    A femtocell location strategy for improving adaptive traffic sharing in heterogeneous LTE networks

    Femtocells have been suggested as a promising solution for the provision of indoor coverage and capacity. In this paper, a new planning strategy for placing femtocell access points so as to make the most of au...

    José María Ruiz Avilés, Matías Toril and Salvador Luna-Ramírez

    EURASIP Journal on Wireless Communications and Networking 2015 2015:38

    Published on: 24 February 2015

  9. Research

    Load balancing mechanisms for indoor temporarily overloaded heterogeneous femtocell networks

    Macrocell and small cell deployments and self-organizing network (SON) techniques work together to increase indoor cellular network capacity and ensure better quality of service (QoS). As a consequence of unev...

    Alejandro Aguilar-Garcia, Raquel Barco, Sergio Fortes and Pablo Muñoz

    EURASIP Journal on Wireless Communications and Networking 2015 2015:29

    Published on: 15 February 2015

  10. Research

    Mobility management in HetNets: a learning-based perspective

    Heterogeneous networks (HetNets) are expected to be a key feature of long-term evolution (LTE)-advanced networks and beyond and are essential for providing ubiquitous broadband user throughput. However, due to...

    Meryem Simsek, Mehdi Bennis and Ismail Guvenc

    EURASIP Journal on Wireless Communications and Networking 2015 2015:26

    Published on: 14 February 2015

  11. Research

    Self-optimized heterogeneous networks for energy efficiency

    Explosive increase in mobile data traffic driven by the demand for higher data rates and ever-increasing number of wireless users results in a significant increase in power consumption and operating cost of co...

    Shaoshuai Fan, Hui Tian and Cigdem Sengul

    EURASIP Journal on Wireless Communications and Networking 2015 2015:21

    Published on: 4 February 2015

  12. Research

    Neighbor-friendly autonomous power control in wireless heterogeneous networks

    The widespread deployment of base stations constitutes a promising solution to cope with the ever-increasing wireless data rate demands. However, it also increases the interference levels, especially at the ce...

    Rodolfo Torrea-Duran, Paschalis Tsiaflakis, Luc Vandendorpe and Marc Moonen

    EURASIP Journal on Wireless Communications and Networking 2014 2014:175

    Published on: 24 October 2014