Capacity and stable scheduling in heterogeneous wireless networks

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Heterogeneous wireless networks (HetNets) provide a means to increase network capacity by introducing small cells and adopting a layered architecture. HetNets allocate resources flexibly through time sharing and cell range expansion/contraction allowing a wide range of possible schedulers. In this paper, we define the capacity of a HetNet down link in terms of the maximum number of downloads per second, which can be achieved for a given offered traffic density. Given this definition we show that the capacity is determined via the solution to a continuous linear program (LP). If the solution is smaller than 1 then there is a scheduler such that the number of mobiles in the network has ergodic properties with finite mean waiting time. If the solution is greater than 1 then no such scheduler exists. These results have clear implications for network planning. The above results continue to hold if a more general class of schedulers is considered.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)1266-1279
Number of pages14
JournalIEEE Journal on Selected Areas in Communications
Issue number6
Publication statusPublished - 1 Jun 2015


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