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The marginal cost of service provision in cellular networks

Whitaker, Roger Marcus, Raisanen, Lawrence Matthew and Hurley, Stephen 2005. The marginal cost of service provision in cellular networks. Presented at: HICSS '05. 38th Annual Hawaii International Conference on Systems Sciences, 3-6 January 2005, Hawaii, USA, 3-6 Jnuary 2005. System Sciences, 2005. HICSS '05. Proceedings of the 38th Annual Hawaii International Conference on. IEEE, 304b. 10.1109/HICSS.2005.603

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In cellular communication networks, freedom to roam is a fundamental quality of service requirement. This is governed by the spatial availability of adequate received signal strength. However, base station procurement and operation is a significant cost for the operator and deciding on the most appropriate level of coverage is problematic. We introduce a computational framework to address the marginal cost of service coverage. This can be applied to particular real world planning scenarios to assess the rate of change of cost with respect to service coverage. Analysis of this function determines coverage levels beyond which increased investment yields minimal additional spatial service provision. We present a case study of two benchmark real-world planning scenarios for GSM networks. The model we apply incorporates network traffic, propagation-loss data from the eld and constraints concerning inter-cell interference on subscribers. We explain how the framework is of practical use for the operator during rollout

Item Type: Conference or Workshop Item (Paper)
Date Type: Publication
Status: Published
Schools: Computer Science & Informatics
MRC Centre for Neuropsychiatric Genetics and Genomics (CNGG)
Subjects: Q Science > QA Mathematics > QA76 Computer software
Uncontrolled Keywords: Base stations, Cellular networks, Communication networks, Costs, GSM, Investments, Land mobile radio cellular systems, Procurement, Quality of service, Telecommunication traffic
Publisher: IEEE
ISBN: 0769522688
Last Modified: 09 Feb 2022 11:27

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