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LtFi: Cross-technology Communication for RRM between LTE-U and IEEE 802.11

What is LtFi?

Cross-technology communication (CTC) was proposed in recent literature as a way to exploit the opportunities of collaboration between heterogeneous wireless technologies. We present LtFi, a system which enables to set-up a CTC between nodes of co-located LTE-U and WiFi networks. LtFi follows a two-step approach: using the air-interface LTE-U BSs are broadcasting connection and identification data to adjacent WiFi nodes, which is used to create a bi-directional control channel over the wired Internet. This way LtFi enables the development of advanced cross-technology interference and radio resource management schemes between heterogeneous WiFi and LTE-U networks.

 

LtFi is of low complexity and fully compliant with LTE-U technology and works on WiFi side with COTS hardware. It was prototypically implemented and evaluated. Experimental results reveal that LtFi is able to reliably decoded the data transmitted over the LtFi air-interface in a crowded wireless environment at even very low LTE-U receive power levels of -92dBm. Moreover, results from system-level simulations show that LtFi is able to accurately estimate the set of interfering LTE-U BSs in a typical LTE-U multi-cell environment.

What is the demo showing?

The demo shows a scenario consisting of two cells: 1) LTE-U cell and 2) WiFi cell. At the beginning LtFi is disabled and hence the LTE-U duty cycle is set manually. After enabling LtFi the fair airtime utilization for the two cells based on the actual load, i.e. one LTE-UE and three WiFi STAs, is negotiated over the CTC channel. The LTE-U CSAT duty cycle is set accordingly, i.e. 25%.

 

 

Video URL: youtu.be/bHDXs5dgsfM or www.youtube.com/watch

 

The full paper can be found here: arxiv.org/pdf/1707.06912.pdf

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