Space/Time Traffic Fluctuations in a Cellular Network: Measurements’ Analysis and Potential Applications

  • Juan Sánchez-González
  • Oriol Sallent
  • Jordi Pérez-Romero
Conference paper
Part of the IFIP Advances in Information and Communication Technology book series (IFIPAICT, volume 520)


The characterization of the space/time traffic profiles in a cellular network can be of high interest for automating the operation of future networks, since the knowledge extracted from the traffic fluctuations in a cell and its neighbours can be effectively exploited by different optimisation functions. In this context, this paper takes as an input a set of real traffic measurements in a cellular network deployed in a large city and analyses, on a per cell basis, the traffic profile characteristics at different time scales (week, day, hour). Then, the analysis is extended to the space dimension by considering the traffic of one cell in relation to that of its neighbours. This allows identifying traffic complementarities between neighbour cells at different time scales that can be exploited by certain optimisation functions, as illustrated in the paper with specific examples.


Space/time traffic analysis Cellular networks SON  Mobility Load Balancing Coverage and capacity optimisation Energy saving 



This work has been supported by the EU funded H2020 5G-PPP project 5G ESSENCE under grant agreement 761592 and by the Spanish Research Council and FEDER funds under RAMSES and SONAR 5G grants (ref. TEC2013-41698-R and TEC2017-82651-R).


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Juan Sánchez-González
    • 1
  • Oriol Sallent
    • 1
  • Jordi Pérez-Romero
    • 1
  1. 1.Universitat Politècnica de Catalunya (UPC)BarcelonaSpain

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