Communication Cost Analysis of MBSFN in LTE

TitleCommunication Cost Analysis of MBSFN in LTE
Publication TypeConference Paper
Year of Publication2010
AuthorsBouras, C, Alexiou, A, Kokkinos, V, Tsichritzis, G
Conference NameThe 21st IEEE Symposium on Personal, Indoor and Mobile Radio Communications (PIMRC 2010), Istanbul, Turkey
Date PublishedSeptember 26 - 30
KeywordsCost analysis, LTE, MBSFN

Long Term Evolution (LTE) is the latest step towards
the 4th generation (4G) of radio technologies designed to increase
the capacity and speed of mobile communications. To support
Multimedia Broadcast/Multicast Services (MBMS), LTE offers
the possibility to transmit Multimedia Broadcast multicast
service over a Single Frequency Network (MBSFN), where a
time-synchronized common waveform is transmitted from
multiple cells for a given duration. In this paper we analytically
present the MBSFN delivery method and evaluate its
performance. The critical parameters of primary interest for the
evaluation of the scheme are the packet delivery cost and its
scalability. To this direction, a telecommunication cost analysis of
the MBMS service is presented based on the transmission cost
over the air interface, as well as the costs of all interfaces and
nodes of the MBSFN architecture. Since the performance of the
MBSFN scheme mainly depends on the configuration of the LTE
network that is under investigation, we consider different
network topologies, MBSFN deployments and user distributions.