Load-Aware Modeling and Analysis of Heterogeneous Cellular Networks

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Executive Summary

Random spatial models are attractive for modeling Heterogeneous Cellular Networks (HCNs) due to their realism, tractability, and scalability. A major limitation of such models to date in the context of HCNs is the neglect of network traffic and load: all Base Stations (BSs) have typically been assumed to always be transmitting. Small cells in particular will have a lighter load than macrocells, and so their contribution to the network interference may be significantly overstated in a fully loaded model. This paper incorporates a flexible notion of BS load by introducing a new idea of conditionally thinning the interference field.

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