Context-aware wireless small cell networks: How to exploit user information for resource allocation

Ali Khanafer, Walid Saad, Tamer Basar

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In this paper, a novel context-aware approach for resource allocation in two-tier wireless small cell networks (SCNs) is proposed. In particular, the SCN's users are divided into two types: frequent users, who are regular users of certain small cells, and occasional users, who are one-time or infrequent users of a particular small cell. Given such context information, each small cell base station (SCBS) aims to maximize the overall performance provided to its frequent users, while ensuring that occasional users are also well serviced. We formulate the problem as a noncooperative game in which the SCBSs are the players. The strategy of each SCBS is to choose a proper power allocation so as to optimize a utility function that captures the tradeoff between the users' quality-of-service gains and the costs in terms of resource expenditures. We provide a sufficient condition for the existence and uniqueness of a pure strategy Nash equilibrium for the game, and we show that this condition is independent of the number of users in the network. Simulation results show that the proposed context-aware resource allocation game yields significant performance gains, in terms of the average utility per SCBS, compared to conventional techniques such as proportional fair allocation and sum-rate maximization.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Title of host publication2015 IEEE International Conference on Communications, ICC 2015
PublisherInstitute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers Inc.
Number of pages6
ISBN (Electronic)9781467364324
StatePublished - Sep 9 2015
EventIEEE International Conference on Communications, ICC 2015 - London, United Kingdom
Duration: Jun 8 2015Jun 12 2015

Publication series

NameIEEE International Conference on Communications
ISSN (Print)1550-3607


OtherIEEE International Conference on Communications, ICC 2015
Country/TerritoryUnited Kingdom

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Computer Networks and Communications
  • Electrical and Electronic Engineering


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