Network Assisted Device-to-Device Communications: Use Cases, Design Approaches, and Performance Aspects

  • Gabor Fodor
  • Stefano Sorrentino
  • Shabnam Sultana


Network assisted device-to-device (D2D) communications have emerged as a means of increasing spectral and energy efficiency, reducing latency and creating a platform for proximity-based services. Application areas of D2D communications include cellular network offloading and coverage extension, proximity-based social networking, and providing national security and public safety (NSPS) in infrastructure-less situations. This broad range of applications has led to a large set of technical requirements that must be taken into account when designing physical layer algorithms, user and control plane protocols, and network architecture. In this chapter we review the key requirements and current approaches to network assisted service and device discovery, radio resource management and tuning the performance of integrated D2D, and cellular networks.


Device discovery Resource allocation Power control Cellular networks Ad hoc networks 



This work has been partially performed in the framework of sthe FP7 project ITC 317669 METIS. The first Author was partially supported by the Swedish Strategic Foundation (SSF) project Matthew SSF-13-0008. The Authors thank Dr. Claes Tidestav, Dr. György Miklo's, Dr. Zoltan Tura'nyi, Dr. Marco Belleschi and Demia Della Penda for their valuable comments and simulation support during the course of this work.


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Gabor Fodor
    • 1
  • Stefano Sorrentino
    • 1
  • Shabnam Sultana
    • 2
  1. 1.Ericsson ResearchStockholmSweden
  2. 2.Ericsson CanadaMontrealCanada

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