Optimum Selection of Radio Access Technologies in a 5G Heterogeneous Multicomm Environment

Markus MUECK
Christian DREWES

IEICE TRANSACTIONS on Communications   Vol.E98-B    No.10    pp.1949-1956
Publication Date: 2015/10/01
Online ISSN: 1745-1345
DOI: 10.1587/transcom.E98.B.1949
Type of Manuscript: Special Section INVITED PAPER (Special Section on 5G Radio Access Networks―Part II: Multi-RAT Heterogeneous Networks and Smart Radio Technologies)
5G,  heterogeneous networks,  multicomm,  wireless communications,  

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This contribution addresses optimum wireless link selection in a 5G heterogeneous Multicomm environment in which multiple distinct Radio Access Technologies can be operated simultaneously by a given Mobile Device. The related decision making mechanisms are proposed to be part of the Mobile Device User Equipment which identifies the preferred Radio Access Technologies to be operated as well as the preferred Modulation and Coding parameters and finally selects the optimum choice either independently or through negotiation with the Network Infrastructure Equipment. In this context, the concerned Mobile Device is able to manage the bandwidth to be employed for communication — the bandwidth per Radio Access Technology is typically defined by the Network Infrastructure but the possibility for aggregating a multitude of distinct technologies introduces a new degree of freedom enabling the choice of the bandwidth selection. Simulation results demonstrate that the Mobile Device driven selection of a Multicomm configuration may either substantially reduce Mobile Device power consumption (75% in a typical example) or increase the aggregate throughput at an identical power consumption level compared to the single link case (a 3x factor in a typical example).