Green heterogeneous small-cell networks: toward reducing the CO2 emissions of mobile communications industry using uplink power adaptation

Shakir, M. Z., Qaraqe, K. A., Tabassum, H., Alouini, M.-S., Serpedin, E. and Imran, M. A. (2013) Green heterogeneous small-cell networks: toward reducing the CO2 emissions of mobile communications industry using uplink power adaptation. IEEE Communications Magazine, 51(6), pp. 52-61. (doi:10.1109/MCOM.2013.6525595)

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Abstract

Heterogeneous small cell networks, or Het- SNets, are considered as a standard part of future mobile networks in which multiple lowpower low-cost user deployed base stations complement the existing macrocell infrastructure. This article proposes an energy-efficient deployment of the cells where the small cell base stations are arranged around the edge of the reference macrocell, and the deployment is referred to as cell-on-edge (COE) deployment. The proposed deployment ensures an increase in the network spectral and energy efficiency by facilitating cell edge mobile users with small cells. Moreover, COE deployment guarantees reduction of the carbon footprint of mobile operations by employing adaptive uplink power control. In order to calibrate the reduction in CO2 emissions, this article quantifies the ecological and associated economical impacts of energy savings in the proposed deployment. Simulation results quantify the improvements in CO2 emissions and spectral and energy gains of the proposed COE deployment compared to macro-only networks and typical small cell deployment strategies where small cells are randomly deployed within a given macrocell.

Item Type:Articles
Status:Published
Refereed:Yes
Glasgow Author(s) Enlighten ID:Imran, Professor Muhammad
Authors: Shakir, M. Z., Qaraqe, K. A., Tabassum, H., Alouini, M.-S., Serpedin, E., and Imran, M. A.
College/School:College of Science and Engineering > School of Engineering
Journal Name:IEEE Communications Magazine
Publisher:IEEE
ISSN:0163-6804
ISSN (Online):1558-1896
Published Online:10 June 2013
Copyright Holders:Copyright © 2013 IEEE
First Published:First published in IEEE Communications Magazine 51(6): 52-61
Publisher Policy:Reproduced in accordance with the publisher copyright policy

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