A Practical Approach for Small Cell Sharing Using a Time-Multiplexing Scheme

  • David Candal-Ventureira
  • Felipe Gil-CastiñeiraEmail author
  • Jorge Muñoz-Castañer
  • Francisco J. González-Castaño
Conference paper
Part of the Lecture Notes of the Institute for Computer Sciences, Social Informatics and Telecommunications Engineering book series (LNICST, volume 263)


The new requirements for 5G, in terms of latency and bandwidth, demand new technologies such as millimeter-wave small cells, requiring dense deployments to achieve good coverage. Even before the arrival of 5G, small cells were already being deployed to avoid congestion and achieve a good Quality of Service (QoS) in areas with high densities of potential users. These infrastructures require large investments, forcing operators to share them or to use the services of a neutral host, responsible of installation and maintenance. In this paper we present a practical approach for different operators to share a small cell infrastructure, while allowing them to use their respective dedicated frequencies, adjust any parameter, or even deploy any particular radio access technology. This way, each operator can provide a differentiated service that may represent a competitive advantage even on the same physical infrastructure.


Small cells Multi-tenancy Time-sharing 5G 


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Authors and Affiliations

  • David Candal-Ventureira
    • 1
  • Felipe Gil-Castiñeira
    • 1
    Email author
  • Jorge Muñoz-Castañer
    • 1
    • 2
  • Francisco J. González-Castaño
    • 1
  1. 1.atlanTTic Research Center for Telecommunication TechnologiesUniversity of VigoVigoSpain
  2. 2.Gradiant, Galician R and D Centre in Advanced TelecommunicationsVigoSpain

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