Bandwidth optimization in hetnets with competing service providers

Cheng Chen, Randall A. Berry, Michael L. Honig, Vijay G. Subramanian

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6 Scopus citations


We consider a wireless network in which multiple Service Providers (SPs) compete to provide both macrocell and femtocell services in different bands. There are two types of users: mobile users that can only connect to macrocells, and fixed users that can be served by both macrocells and femtocells. For a given allocation of bandwidths across SPs, we characterize for each SP the optimal bandwidth split across the macro- and femtocells along with the equilibrium prices. We show that there exists a unique Nash equilibrium wherein for each SP, macrocells only serve mobile users while femtocells only serve fixed users. All possible Nash equilibria for different system parameters are sorted into four categories corresponding to whether or not different SPs assign bandwidth to the macro- and/or femtocells. In addition, we characterize properties of each category. The equilibrium prices and macro/femto bandwidths can be computed via a series of best response updates, which is proven to converge. Conditions are also given that guarantee optimal social welfare as the number of SPs tends to infinity. Numerical results are presented to illustrate how the Nash equilibrium can change as a function of SP bandwidths.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Title of host publication2015 IEEE Conference on Computer Communications Workshops, INFOCOM WKSHPS 2015
PublisherInstitute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers Inc.
Number of pages6
ISBN (Electronic)9781467371315
StatePublished - Aug 4 2015
EventIEEE Conference on Computer Communications Workshops, INFOCOM WKSHPS 2015 - Hong Kong, Hong Kong
Duration: Apr 26 2015May 1 2015

Publication series

NameProceedings - IEEE INFOCOM
ISSN (Print)0743-166X


OtherIEEE Conference on Computer Communications Workshops, INFOCOM WKSHPS 2015
Country/TerritoryHong Kong
CityHong Kong

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Computer Science(all)
  • Electrical and Electronic Engineering


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