Heterogeneous network (HetNet) has emerged as a promising and viable approach to deliver higher-rate data services. In HetNets, switching OFF base stations (BSs) is known as an effective solution to reduce the energy consumption of networks and thus enables the “greener” networks concept. In this paper, we investigate the impact of the number of energy-saving modes for BSs on improving energy efficiency. We assume that BSs are able to switch among several modes, ie, different transmission power levels. We apply a no-regret learning algorithm to choose the BS's operation mode while modeling the BS's operation under dynamic traffic with a Markov process. As a result, we face a trade-off between energy savings and computational complexity. Furthermore, we use a distributed channel allocation algorithm based on the average cochannel interference power. Simulation results show that energy consumption reduces with increased number of modes. However, increasing the number of modes beyond a certain limit will not have a significant effect on energy efficiency.
|Journal||Transactions on Emerging Telecommunications Technologies|
|Publication status||Published - 2017 Dec|
ASJC Scopus subject areas
- Electrical and Electronic Engineering