In conjunction with WCNC2014
Istanbul, Turkey
April, 2014

The ever-increasing need for higher data rates in multimedia services and applications leads to stringent requirements on the bit rate/km2 that next-generation cellular wireless networks are expected to deliver. This increasing trend has urged mobile operators to examine new ways for improving their coverage and boosting their network capacities. A promising approach to this challenge is the dense deployment of short range, low power and low-cost base stations or access points in conjunction with the macrocellular network, as well as relays, distributed antennas and radio remote heads. However, the CAPital and OPerating EXpenditures (CAPEX and OPEX) of such heterogeneous networks increase with the increasing number of nodes. The solution to this problem is the deployment of Self-Organizing NETworks (SONETs).

SONETs represent a novel paradigm based on the deployment of networks with self-organized functionnalities. There are significant technical problems that need to be addressed for the successful deployment and operation of SONETs. In particular, time-, frequency- and spatial-domain interference management is a fundamental issue. To deal with increasing peak data demands, SONETs design should be self-organized based on interference/load/congestion levels, dynamically adapting their transmissions and using smart traffic offloading strategies onto licensed/unlicensed bands.

The IEEE INTERNATIONAL WORKSHOP ON SELF-ORGANIZING NETWORKS (SONETs) will offer an excellent opportunity for academic and industrial researchers for spreading and sharing the latest results and understandings for rendering wireless networks more efficient in terms of capacity, coverage, Quality-of-Service performance and energy consumption.

© SONETS 2014