Drone-Assisted Cellular Networks: Optimal Positioning and Load Management

T. R. Pijnappel, J. L. Van Den Berg, S. C. Borst, R. Litjens

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The use of drone base stations offers an agile mechanism to safeguard coverage and provide capacity relief when cellular networks are under stress. Such stress conditions can occur for example in case of special events with massive crowds or network outages. In this paper we focus on a disaster scenario with emergence of a hotspot, and analyze the impact of the drone position (altitude, horizontal position) and selection bias on the network performance. We determine the optimal settings of these control parameters as a function of the hotspot location, and demonstrate that the optimized values can drastically reduce the fraction of failed calls.

Original languageEnglish
Title of host publication2021 IEEE 93rd Vehicular Technology Conference, VTC 2021-Spring - Proceedings
PublisherInstitute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers (IEEE)
Number of pages6
ISBN (Electronic)9781728189642
Publication statusPublished - 2021
Event93rd IEEE Vehicular Technology Conference, VTC 2021-Spring - Virtual, Online
Duration: 25 Apr 202128 Apr 2021

Publication series

NameIEEE Vehicular Technology Conference
ISSN (Print)1550-2252


Conference93rd IEEE Vehicular Technology Conference, VTC 2021-Spring
CityVirtual, Online


  • drone positioning
  • Drone-assisted cellular networks
  • load management
  • performance assessment


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