Femtocell gateway scheduling for capacity and fairness improvement in neighboring femtocell networks

Ertürk M. C., Güvenç I., ARSLAN H.

2010 IEEE 21st International Symposium on Personal, Indoor and Mobile Radio Communications Workshops, PIMRC 2010, İstanbul, Turkey, 26 - 30 September 2010, pp.54-59 identifier

  • Publication Type: Conference Paper / Full Text
  • Doi Number: 10.1109/pimrcw.2010.5670520
  • City: İstanbul
  • Country: Turkey
  • Page Numbers: pp.54-59
  • Keywords: Capacity, Femtocell networks, Gateway scheduling algorithms, HeNB, Proportional fairness
  • Istanbul Medipol University Affiliated: Yes


In this paper we analyze various user assignment and scheduling policies for neigbouring femtocell networks. The trade-off between capacity maximization and fairness is investigated and a combined user assignment and proportional fair (PF) scheduling procedure for a femtocell gateway is proposed. The flexibility of the proposed architecture in terms of capacity and fairness is studied via various simulation scenarios. It is shown that by changing parameters in the proposed method one can play-out between fairness and capacity in a femtocell network. In order to decrease the number of the handovers between femtocells, we propose that a femtocell user should be scheduled with the same femtocell base station for a duration of superframe, i.e, cell re-selection should be done in every superframe. The performance of the combined user assignment and PF scheduling scheme is investigated under different superframe considerations and it is shown that a wide range of performance results (in terms of capacity, fairness, handover frequency) could be achieved. ©2010 IEEE.