IDEAS home Printed from
   My bibliography  Save this paper

Complementing macrocell deficits with either smallcells or Wi-Fi-willingness to choose based on the cost-capacity analysis


  • Popescu, Razvan
  • Ghanbari, Amirhossein
  • Markendahl, Jan


Nowadays, the increasing mobile data traffic adds extra pressure on the almost congested mobile networks. In order to meet the new demand, mobile operators have to improve their networks but as revenues are not expected to rise, they have to add extra capacity in a cost-efficient way. The solution might come from shifting the mobile data traffic towards indoor alternative networks, an approach known as mobile data offloading. Among indoor solutions two technologies stepped forward, Wi-Fi and smallcells. This paper analyses the two technologies as complementing solutions for macrocell layer in the mobile data offloading context. The main discussed questions are whether the two solutions are interchangeable and what are the risks and pitfalls when choosing one of the two technologies. In order to answer the research questions, based on a proposed real life deployment scenario, a capacity-cost calculation has been driven. Thus, a newly built office building lacking indoor mobile coverage has been considered. Based on the calculated offered capacity, the deployment costs for a comprehensive solution using either of the two technologies have been estimated. The cost of provisioning for different solutions is based on the fact that either of these solutions needs to be built from scratch and no former type of coverage exists.

Suggested Citation

  • Popescu, Razvan & Ghanbari, Amirhossein & Markendahl, Jan, 2013. "Complementing macrocell deficits with either smallcells or Wi-Fi-willingness to choose based on the cost-capacity analysis," 24th European Regional ITS Conference, Florence 2013 88530, International Telecommunications Society (ITS).
  • Handle: RePEc:zbw:itse13:88530

    Download full text from publisher

    File URL:
    Download Restriction: no

    References listed on IDEAS

    1. Jan MARKENDAHL & Östen MÄKITALO & Jan WERDING & Bengt G. MÖLLERYD, 2009. "Business Innovation Strategies to Reduce the Revenue Gap for Wireless Broadband Services," Communications & Strategies, IDATE, Com&Strat dept., vol. 1(75), pages 35-56, 3rd quart.
    Full references (including those not matched with items on IDEAS)

    More about this item

    NEP fields

    This paper has been announced in the following NEP Reports:


    Access and download statistics


    All material on this site has been provided by the respective publishers and authors. You can help correct errors and omissions. When requesting a correction, please mention this item's handle: RePEc:zbw:itse13:88530. See general information about how to correct material in RePEc.

    For technical questions regarding this item, or to correct its authors, title, abstract, bibliographic or download information, contact: (ZBW - German National Library of Economics). General contact details of provider: .

    If you have authored this item and are not yet registered with RePEc, we encourage you to do it here. This allows to link your profile to this item. It also allows you to accept potential citations to this item that we are uncertain about.

    If CitEc recognized a reference but did not link an item in RePEc to it, you can help with this form .

    If you know of missing items citing this one, you can help us creating those links by adding the relevant references in the same way as above, for each refering item. If you are a registered author of this item, you may also want to check the "citations" tab in your RePEc Author Service profile, as there may be some citations waiting for confirmation.

    Please note that corrections may take a couple of weeks to filter through the various RePEc services.

    IDEAS is a RePEc service hosted by the Research Division of the Federal Reserve Bank of St. Louis . RePEc uses bibliographic data supplied by the respective publishers.