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Self-configuration, -optimisation and -healing in wireless networks : A Vision on the useof self-organisation methods

Author: Schmelz, L.C. · Berg, J.L. van den · Litjens, R. · Eisenblatter · Amirijoo, M. · Linnell, O. · Blondia, C. · Kurner, T. · Scully, N. · Oszmianski, J.
Institution: TNO Informatie- en Communicatietechnologie
Source:Wireless World Research Forum Meeting - WWRF 20, 22-24 April 2008, Ottawa, Canada
Identifier: 464366
Keywords: Informatics · Self-organisation · Self-optimisation · Self-configuration · Self-healing · Wireless networks


This paper presents a vision on the use of self-organisation methods (self-optimisation, self-configuration, and self-healing) as a promising concept to automate wireless access network planning, deployment and optimisation. The major intentions are to improve network coverage, resource utilisa-tion and service quality, and to substantially reduce operational expenditure. The funda-mental drivers for the deployment of self-organisation methods are discussed, consid-ering both the technology and the market per-spective. The distinction and interactions be-tween the different components of self-organisation are outlined and the expected gains are discussed. An overview of the cur-rent state of the art in this field is followed by a formulation of the main challenges in the de-velopment of effective and reliable methods for self-organisation. Finally, a brief overview of the European SOCRATES project is given, which recently started to overcome these chal-lenges.