Optimum selection of radio access technologies in a 5G heterogeneous multicomm environment

Markus Mueck, Majdi Msallem, Christian Drewes, Markus Stinner

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This contribution addresses optimum wireless link selection in a 5G heterogeneous Multicomm environment in which multiple distinct Radio Access Technologies can be operated simultaneously by a given Mobile Device. The related decision making mechanisms are proposed to be part of the Mobile Device User Equipment which identifies the preferred Radio Access Technologies to be operated as well as the preferred Modulation and Coding parameters and finally selects the optimum choice either independently or through negotiation with the Network Infrastructure Equipment. In this context, the concerned Mobile Device is able to manage the bandwidth to be employed for communication - the bandwidth per Radio Access Technology is typically defined by the Network Infrastructure but the possibility for aggregating a multitude of distinct technologies introduces a new degree of freedom enabling the choice of the bandwidth selection. Simulation results demonstrate that the Mobile Device driven selection of a Multicomm configuration may either substantially reduce Mobile Device power consumption (75% in a typical example) or increase the aggregate throughput at an identical power consumption level compared to the single link case (a 3× factor in a typical example).

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)1949-1956
Number of pages8
JournalIEICE Transactions on Communications
Issue number10
Publication statusPublished - 1 Oct 2015
Externally publishedYes


  • 5G
  • Heterogeneous networks
  • Multicomm
  • Wireless communications

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