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Giovanni Nardini, Giovanni Stea and Antonio Virdis, "A Fast and Reliable Broadcast Service for LTE-Advanced Exploiting Multihop Device-to-Device Transmissions," Future Internet, vol. 9 (4), pp. 89, December 2017.


Several applications, from the Internet of Things for smart cities to those for vehicular networks, need fast and reliable proximity-based broadcast communications, i.e., the ability to reach all peers in a geographical neighborhood around the originator of a message, as well as ubiquitous connectivity. In this paper, we point out the inherent limitations of the LTE (Long-Term Evolution) cellular network, which make it difficult, if possible at all, to engineer such a service using traditional infrastructure-based communications. We argue, instead, that network-controlled device-to-device (D2D) communications, relayed in a multihop fashion, can efficiently support this service. To substantiate the above claim, we design a proximity-based broadcast service which exploits multihop D2D. We discuss the relevant issues both at the UE (User Equipment), which has to run applications, and within the network (i.e., at the eNodeBs), where suitable resource allocation schemes have to be enforced. We evaluate the performance of a multihop D2D broadcasting using system-level simulations, and demonstrate that it is fast, reliable and economical from a resource consumption standpoint.

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Giovanni Nardini
Giovanni Stea
Antonio Virdis

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    author = {Nardini, Giovanni and Stea, Giovanni and Virdis, Antonio},
    doi = {10.3390/fi9040089},
    issn = {1999-5903},
    journal = {Future Internet},
    month = {12},
    number = {4},
    pages = {89},
    publisher = {Multidisciplinary Digital Publishing Institute},
    title = {{A Fast and Reliable Broadcast Service for LTE-Advanced Exploiting Multihop Device-to-Device Transmissions}},
    volume = {9},
    year = {2017},

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