Phantom Cell Architecture for LTE and its Application in Vehicular IoT Environments

Lokhandwala, Hatim and Vanlin Sathya, R and Tamma, Bheemarjuna Reddy (2015) Phantom Cell Architecture for LTE and its Application in Vehicular IoT Environments. EAI Endorsed Transactions on Future Internet, 2 (5). ISSN 2032-9377


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Proliferation of Internet of Things (IoT) devices (smart wearables/vehicles, etc.) in the near future, would raise the capacity and bandwidth demands from the cellular infrastructure manifold. Deploying small cells is an effective solution to cope with the problem. This work focuses on a special kind of small eNBs, termed as Phantom eNBs. Phantom eNB acts as a supplement to the current radio access network (RAN) in the LTE infrastructure. It handles the data plane while a Macro eNB holds the control plane. Definitions of control and data plane, along with the modifications needed in the protocol stack are explained i n this paper. Communication mechanisms are developed for Phantom and Macro eNB to communicate over the X2 interface between them. NS-3 simulations are performed for handover scenarios of Vehicular IoT environment, consolidating the architecture and network topology designed for Phantom based Heterogeneous Networks (HetNets). Network throughput improvements of 80% and 14% are observed in comparison to the Macro-only RAN and existing small cell solutions (Femto cells), respectively.

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Item Type: Article
Subjects: Computer science
Divisions: Department of Computer Science & Engineering
Depositing User: Team Library
Date Deposited: 18 Jun 2019 07:07
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