Interference control and radio spectrum allocation in shared spectrum access

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With demands on the radio spectrum intensifying, it is necessary to use this scarce resource as efficiently as possible. One way forward is to apply flexible authorization schemes such as shared spectrum access. While such schemes are expected to make additional radio resource available and lower the spectrum access barriers, they also bring new challenges toward effectively dealing with the created extra interference which degrades the performance of networks, limiting the potential gains in a shared use of spectrum. In this thesis, to address the interference issue, different spectrum access schemes and deployment scenarios are investigated. Firstly, we consider licensed shared access where database-assisted TV white space network architecture is employed to facilitate the controlled access of the secondary system to the TV band. The operation of the secondary system is allowed only if the quality of service experienced by the incumbent users is preserved. Furthermore, the secondary system should benefit itself from utilizing the TV band in licensed shared access mode. One challenge for efficient operation of the licensed secondary system is to control the cross-tier interference generated at the TV receiver, taking into account the self-interference in the secondary system. Secondly, we consider co-primary shared access where multiple operators share a part of their spectrum. This can be done in two different operational levels, users and cells. The user level is done in the context of D2D communications where two users subscribed to different operators can transmit directly to each other. The cell level allows spectrum sharing between two small cells, e.g., indoor and outdoor small cells, in a dense urban environments. The main challenges for such scenarios are to manage the cross-tier interference generated by other users or cells subscribed to different operators, and to identify the amount of radio spectrum each operator contributes. There are several approaches to reduce the risk of interference, but they often come at a high price in terms of complexity and signaling overhead. In this thesis, we aim to propose low complexity mechanisms that take interference control and radio spectrum allocation into account. The proposed mechanisms are based on tractable models which characterize the effects of the fundamental design parameters on the system behavior in shared spectrum access. The models are leveraged to capture the statistic of the aggregate interference and its effects on the performance metrics.
Translated title of the contributionInterference control and radio spectrum allocation in shared spectrum access
Original languageEnglish
QualificationDoctor's degree
Awarding Institution
  • Aalto University
  • Jäntti, Riku, Supervising Professor
  • Jäntti, Riku, Thesis Advisor
Print ISBNs978-952-60-6887-9
Electronic ISBNs978-952-60-6888-6
Publication statusPublished - 2016
MoE publication typeG5 Doctoral dissertation (article)


  • Flexible spectrum use
  • interference models
  • stochastic geometry
  • game theory

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