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—Small cells constitute a promising solution for managing the mobile data growth that has overwhelmed network operators. Local caching of popular content items at the small cell base stations (SBSs) has been proposed in order to decrease the costly transmissions from the macrocell base stations without requiring high capacity backhaul links for connecting(More)
We consider the problem of storing segments of encoded versions of content files in a set of base stations located in a communication cell. These base stations work in conjunction with the main base station of the cell. Users move randomly across the space based on a discrete-time Markov chain model. At each time slot each user accesses a single base(More)
The deployment of small cells is expected to gain huge momentum in the near future, as a solution for managing the skyrocketing mobile data demand growth. Local caching of popular files at the small cell base stations has been recently proposed, aiming at reducing the traffic incurred when transferring the requested content from the core network to the(More)
Video delivery to mobile users is one of the largest challenges that network operators face today. In this work we consider a heterogeneous cellular network with storage capable small-cell base stations, and study this problem for pre-stored video files that can be encoded with two different schemes, namely versions or layers, in various qualities. We(More)
Distributed caching architectures have been proposed for bringing content close to requesters and the key problem is to design caching algorithms for reducing content delivery delay. The problem obtains an interesting new twist with the advent of advanced layered-video encoding techniques such as Scalable Video Coding (SVC). We show that the problem of(More)
The tremendous growth in the use of the World Wide Web and the expansion of Video On Demand and IPTV services increase the bandwidth demands, enforcing the creation of congestion in Internet's links and the experience of big delays to the users. Replicating content at caches which are close to the users can improve the access time for them and reduce the(More)
—Heterogeneous cellular networks that overlay cache-endowed small-cell networks with macro-cell networks have emerged as a promising solution towards ultra-low latency, extra-high throughput, and sub-multiple energy consumption compared to the conventional cellular paradigm. A technique to further improve the energy efficiency of such multi-tier networks is(More)
—Cache-endowed small cell networks constitute a timely and effective solution for mobile network operators (MNOs) who strive to serve the massive content demand of the mobile users. However, the deployment of small cell base stations (SBSs) requires significant economic investments, while site acquisition issues render it infeasible in several cases. Yet,(More)