Enhanced connectivity and QoE through LTE-WiFi interworking in Smart Cities

Mirghiasaldin Seyedebrahimi, Xiao-Hong Peng

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Mobile communication and networking infrastructures play an important role in the development of smart cities, to support real-time information exchange and management required in modern urbanization. Mobile WiFi devices that help offloading data traffic from the macro-cell base station and serve the end users within a closer range can significantly improve the connectivity of wireless communications between essential components including infrastructural and human devices in a city. However, this offloading function through interworking between LTE and WiFi systems will change the pattern of resource distributions operated by the base station. In this paper, a resource allocation scheme is proposed to ensure stable service coverage and end-user quality of experience (QoE) when offloading takes place in a macro-cell environment. In this scheme, a rate redistribution algorithm is derived to form a parametric scheduler to meet the required levels of efficiency and fairness, guided by a no-reference quality assessment metric. We show that the performance of resource allocation can be regulated by this scheduler without affecting the service coverage offered by the WLAN access point. The performances of different interworking scenarios and macro-cell scheduling policies are also compared.

Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationCSC 2015 proceedings
Subtitle of host publicationproceedings of the IADIS International Conference Connected Smart Cities
EditorsPiet Kommers, Pedro Isaías, Heredina Fernandez Betancort
Number of pages10
ISBN (Print)978-989-8533-41-8
Publication statusPublished - 2015
EventIADIS International Conference Connected Smart Cities - Las Palmas de Gran Canaria, Spain
Duration: 21 Jul 201523 Jul 2015


ConferenceIADIS International Conference Connected Smart Cities
Abbreviated titleCSC 2015
CityLas Palmas de Gran Canaria


  • Interworking
  • LTE
  • Quality of experience
  • Resource allocation
  • Smart city
  • WiFi offloading


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