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—In current cellular networks base stations (BSs) usually perform independent scheduling without coordinating the resource allocation among different cells. This, however, often leads to high interference levels in cellular networks operating with universal frequency reuse, such as the 3GPP UTRAN Long Term Evolution (LTE). Coordinated scheduling between(More)
—Heterogeneous cellular networks (HetNets), where low-power base-stations are overlaid with conventional macro base-stations, is a promising technique to improve coverage and capacity of the macro-only networks. To realize the potential benefits of HetNets, it is crucial to jointly optimize the user association, channel assignment, beamforming and power(More)
— The METIS project is laying the foundation of 5G mobile and wireless communication systems putting together the point of view of vendors, operators, third party players and academia. In particular, METIS is developing and evaluating the key technology components of 5G systems. In this framework, a new mobile and wireless network architecture is required(More)
Although the range expansion and inter-cell interference coordination (ICIC) have been shown to successfully enhance the capacity and load balancing in the heterogeneous network (HetNet), their impacts on the handover performance are not fully understood in existing studies. In this paper, a novel measurement-based approach is adopted to investigate these(More)
—During the last two years, the METIS project (" Mobile and wireless communications Enablers for the Twenty-twenty Information Society ") has been conducting research on 5G-enabling technology components. This paper provides a summary of METIS work on 5G architectures. The architecture description is presented from different viewpoints. First, a functional(More)