Applying Reliability Theory for Future Wireless Communication Networks

TitleApplying Reliability Theory for Future Wireless Communication Networks
Publication TypeConference Paper
Year of Publication2017
AuthorsHößler T, Scheuvens L, Franchi N, Simsek M, Fettweis G
Published inProceedings of the IEEE International Symposium on Personal, Indoor, and Mobile Radio Communications (PIMRC) 17

Enhancing the connectivity reliability is one of the most challenging requirements for the design of future wireless communications systems. The scope of this paper is to leverage the existing tool set of reliability theory for enabling reliable communication in wireless systems. Definitions, concepts, and methods of reliability theory are applied and extended to wireless communications networks, which are modeled as a repairable system. The steady-state and transient system behaviour are considered. Two new key performance indicators (KPIs) for the reliability analysis of wireless communications systems are introduced, namely mean time to first failure (MTTFF) and interval reliability (IR), and a closed form expression is derived for the MTTFF. By evaluating an exemplary scenario, the trade-off between availability, reliability and throughput is discussed.


This work was supported by the project "fast automation" and the Federal Ministry of Education and Research of the Federal Republic of Germany (BMBF) within the initiative “Region Zwanzig20” under project number 03ZZ0510F. 

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