LTE-advanced self-organizing network conflicts and coordination algorithms

Lateef, H. Y., Imran, A., Imran, M. A. , Giupponi, L. and Dohler, M. (2015) LTE-advanced self-organizing network conflicts and coordination algorithms. IEEE Wireless Communications, 22(3), pp. 108-117. (doi:10.1109/MWC.2015.7143333)

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Abstract

Self-organizing network (SON) functions have been introduced in the LTE and LTEAdvanced standards by the Third Generation Partnership Project as an excellent solution that promises enormous improvements in network performance. However, the most challenging issue in implementing SON functions in reality is the identification of the best possible interactions among simultaneously operating and even conflicting SON functions in order to guarantee robust, stable, and desired network operation. In this direction, the first step is the comprehensive modeling of various types of conflicts among SON functions, not only to acquire a detailed view of the problem, but also to pave the way for designing appropriate Self-Coordination mechanisms among SON functions. In this article we present a comprehensive classification of SON function conflicts, which leads the way for designing suitable conflict resolution solutions among SON functions and implementing SON in reality. Identifying conflicting and interfering relations among autonomous network management functionalities is a tremendously complex task. We demonstrate how analysis of fundamental trade-offs among performance metrics can us to the identification of potential conflicts. Moreover, we present analytical models of these conflicts using reference signal received power plots in multi-cell environments, which help to dig into the complex relations among SON functions. We identify potential chain reactions among SON function conflicts that can affect the concurrent operation of multiple SON functions in reality. Finally, we propose a selfcoordination framework for conflict resolution among multiple SON functions in LTE/LTEAdvanced networks, while highlighting a number of future research challenges for conflict-free operation of SON.

Item Type:Articles
Status:Published
Refereed:Yes
Glasgow Author(s) Enlighten ID:Imran, Professor Muhammad
Authors: Lateef, H. Y., Imran, A., Imran, M. A., Giupponi, L., and Dohler, M.
College/School:College of Science and Engineering > School of Engineering
Journal Name:IEEE Wireless Communications
Publisher:IEEE
ISSN:1536-1284
Copyright Holders:Copyright © 2015 IEEE
First Published:First published in IEEE Wireless Communications 22(3): 108-117
Publisher Policy:Reproduced in accordance with the publisher copyright policy

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