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Bouras C.,Computer Technology Institute&Press Diophantus | Bouras C.,University of Patras | Kokkinos V.,University of Patras | Papazois A.,University of Patras
Lecture Notes in Computer Science (including subseries Lecture Notes in Artificial Intelligence and Lecture Notes in Bioinformatics) | Year: 2014

Small cells technology has also strong potentials for enhancing cell coverage and network capacity of next-generation cellular networks including 5G. From mobile network operators’ perspective, small cell deployment will additionally achieve large reduction to the network costs in both fields of capital expenditure and operational expenditure. In this study, we analyze the benefits of small cells’ deployment for operators and we list the subscriber incentives for choosing small cells instead of other access types, such as WiFi, for indoor deployment. Furthermore, we provide a financial analysis of the small cell costs for deployment and operation against the corresponding macrocellular costs. We also examine pricing models that could be used to incentivize subscribers and to expedite the small cells’ penetration into the market so as to become an economically viable solution. Finally, we present our experimental results demonstrating possible use cases of our cost and pricing models. © Springer International Publishing Switzerland 2014.

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