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Future of Ultra-Dense Networks Beyond 5G: Harnessing Heterogeneous Moving Cells

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Original languageEnglish
Article number8722593
Pages (from-to)66-92
Number of pages27
JournalIEEE Communications Magazine
Issue number6
Publication statusPublished - 1 Jun 2019
Publication typeA1 Journal article-refereed


For the past 40 years, the cellular industry has been relying on static radio access deployments with gross over-provisioning. However, to meet the exponentially growing volumes of irregular data, the very notion of a cell will have to be rethought to allow them be (re-)configured on-demand and in an automated manner. This work puts forward a vision of moving networks to match dynamic user demand with network access supply in beyond-5G cellular systems. The resulting adaptive and flexible network infrastructures will leverage intelligent capable devices (e.g., cars and drones) by employing appropriate user involvement schemes. This work is a recollection of our efforts in this space with the goal to contribute a comprehensive research agenda. Particular attention is paid to quantifying the network performance scaling and session continuity gains with ultra-dense moving cells. Our findings argue for non-incremental benefits of integrating moving access points on a par with conventional (static) cellular access infrastructure.