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Matching Game for Load Distribution in Multi-tier Cellular Networks

  • Nima NamvarEmail author
  • Behrouz Maham
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DOI: https://doi.org/10.1007/978-3-319-32903-1_38-1



Load distribution in wireless cellular networks refers to assigning the mobile users (MUs) to the base stations (BSs) throughout the network. Multi-tier cellular networks (MTCNs) are a kind of wireless cellular networks where the access points come in various size, capacity, and transmit power. Load distribution in such networks should take into account the disparity among the access points so as to optimize the network performance.


The concept of multi-tier cellular network (MTCN) is seen as a promising technology to cope with the unprecedented proliferation in wireless data traffic by increasing the network capacity (Damnjanovic et al., 2011). In MTCN, traditional macrocells coexist with other smaller cells, such as microcells and femtocells, which are the catalyst behind improving wireless networks in densely populated areas. In comparison to their macrocell counterparts, small cell...

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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Department of Electrical and Computer EngineeringNorth Carolina A&T State UniversityGreensboroUSA
  2. 2.Electrical and Electronic Engineering DepartmentNazarbayev UniversityAstanaKazakhstan

Section editors and affiliations

  • Dusit Niyato
    • 1
  1. 1.School of Computer Science and EngineeringNanyang Technological UniversitySingaporeSingapore