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Laura Finarelli, Falko Dressler, Marco Ajmone Marsan and Gianluca A. Rizzo, "Mobile Networks on the Move: Optimizing Moving Base Stations Dynamics in Urban Scenarios," Proceedings of 15th IEEE Vehicular Networking Conference (VNC 2024), Kobe, Japan, May 2024, pp. 101–104.


Base station densification is one of the key approaches for delivering high capacity in radio access networks. However, current static deployments are often impractical and financially unsustainable, as they increase both capital and operational expenditures of the network. An alternative paradigm is the moving base stations (MBSs) approach, by which part of base stations are installed on vehicles. However, to the best of our knowledge, it is still unclear if and up to which point MBSs allow decreasing the number of static base stations (BSs) deployed in urban settings. In this work, we start tackling this issue by proposing a modeling approach for a first-order evaluation of potential infrastructure savings enabled by the MBS paradigm. Starting from a set of stochastic geometry results, and a traffic demand profile over time, we formulate an optimization problem for the derivation of the optimal combination of moving and static BSs which minimizes the overall amount of BSs deployed, while guaranteeing a target mean QoS for users. Initial results on a two-district scenario with measurement-based network traffic profiles suggest that substantial infrastructure savings are achievable. We show that these results are robust against different values of user density.

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Laura Finarelli
Falko Dressler
Marco Ajmone Marsan
Gianluca A. Rizzo

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    author = {Finarelli, Laura and Dressler, Falko and Ajmone Marsan, Marco and Rizzo, Gianluca A.},
    title = {{Mobile Networks on the Move: Optimizing Moving Base Stations Dynamics in Urban Scenarios}},
    pages = {101--104},
    publisher = {IEEE},
    issn = {2157-9865},
    address = {Kobe, Japan},
    booktitle = {15th IEEE Vehicular Networking Conference (VNC 2024)},
    month = {5},
    year = {2024},

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