mca 15(6): e1

Research Article

The Impact of Mobile Offloading on Energy Consumption and Capacity of Radio Access Networks – Case of Finland

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  • @ARTICLE{10.4108/eai.11-8-2015.150090,
        author={Michail  Katsigiannis},
        title={The Impact of Mobile Offloading on Energy Consumption and Capacity of Radio Access Networks -- Case of Finland},
        journal={EAI Endorsed Transactions on Mobile Communications and Applications},
        volume={2},
        number={6},
        publisher={EAI},
        journal_a={MCA},
        year={2015},
        month={8},
        keywords={Mobile network offloading; mobile data traffic; energy consumption; techno-economics; urban region; Finland},
        doi={10.4108/eai.11-8-2015.150090}
    }
    
  • Michail Katsigiannis
    Year: 2015
    The Impact of Mobile Offloading on Energy Consumption and Capacity of Radio Access Networks – Case of Finland
    MCA
    EAI
    DOI: 10.4108/eai.11-8-2015.150090
Michail Katsigiannis1,*
  • 1: Department of Communications and Networking, School of Electrical Engineering, Aalto University, Helsinki, Finland
*Contact email: michail.katsigiannis@aalto.fi

Abstract

The Finnish Mobile Operators face two main challenges: (i) mobile data subscriptions penetration and traffic are experiencing rapid growth; and (ii) government intervenes in the market to attain contradictory goals related to extensive high-speed mobile networks and energy consumption reduction. The mobile operators have to increase the capacity in their networks, taking energy efficiency into account. The reduction of energy consumption in mobile networks results to the reducing carbon emissions, and possibly to cost savings. The purpose of this study is to investigate the wide-to-local area offloading in urban regions in Finland and examine the impact of such a network on the wide area access network in terms of energy and capacity. The results show that the capacity relief ranges from 9.7 to 38.7 %, depending on the penetration of local area service, but the energy savings in macro cellular network are negligible.