Stackelberg Game for Access Permission in Femtocell Network with Multiple Network Operators

Sun, S., Feng, G., Qin, S. and Sun, Y. (2017) Stackelberg Game for Access Permission in Femtocell Network with Multiple Network Operators. In: 2016 IEEE Global Communications Conference (GLOBECOM), Washington, DC, USA, 04-08 Dec 2016, ISBN 9781509013289 (doi: 10.1109/GLOCOM.2016.7842293)

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Femtocells are widely recognized as a promising technology to meet the requirements of indoor coverage in forthcoming fifth generation cellular networks (5G). As femtocell holders (FHs) can be users themselves or mobile network operators, it makes challenges to holistic network resource utilization. In particular, due to the selfishness nature, FHs are usually unwilling to accommodate extra users without compensation. This inspires us to develop an effective refunding mechanism, with aim to allow competitive network operators to employ truthful refunding policy, and to encourage FHs to make appropriate access permission. In this paper, we first define a refunding strategy function and price-coefficient for the refunding policy. We then formulate the access permission as a Stackelberg game and theoretically prove the existence of unique Nash Equilibrium. Numerical results validate the effectiveness of our proposed mechanism and overall network efficiency is improved significantly as well.

Item Type:Conference Proceedings
Additional Information:This work is supported in part by the National Science Foundation of China (No. 61471089), Fundamental Research Funds for the Central Universities (No. ZYGX2015Z005) and Research Fund for the Doctoral Program of Higher Education of China (No. 20130185120006).
Glasgow Author(s) Enlighten ID:Sun, Dr Yao and Feng, Professor Gang
Authors: Sun, S., Feng, G., Qin, S., and Sun, Y.
College/School:College of Science and Engineering > School of Engineering
Copyright Holders:Copyright © 2016 IEEE
Publisher Policy:Reproduced in accordance with the copyright policy of the publisher

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