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J. Markkula and J. Haapola, "Shared LTE Network Performance on Smart Grid and Typical Traffic Schemes," in IEEE Access, vol. 8, pp. 39793-39808, 2020. doi: 10.1109/ACCESS.2020.2975879

Shared LTE network performance on smart grid and typical traffic schemes

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Author: Markkula, Juho1; Haapola, Jussi1
Organizations: 1Centre for Wireless Communications (CWC), University of Oulu, P.O. Box 4500, 90014 Oulu, Finland
Format: article
Version: accepted version
Access: open
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Language: English
Published: Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers, 2020
Publish Date: 2020-02-28


This paper investigates the possibility of delivering distinct smart grid (SG) demand response (DR) applications in a highly loaded LTE network. In a shared LTE network, the proportion of SG DR traffic is relatively low when compared to typical traffics such as voice over IP, Skype video call, FTP, Youtube video stream, and HTTP. The quality of service (QoS) requirements for the SG DR traffics have to be fulfilled by maintaining the network delays and the packet delivery ratios within certain limits, while not causing significant hindrance to the typical traffics. The Riverbed Modeler network simulations are performed using detailed physical layer propagation models, detailed LTE functionality, and a suburban topology. In the simulation scenarios, three distinct DR applications generate varying amounts of SG DR traffic to the LTE network while the LTE capacity is exceeded by the typical traffics. The results illustrate that satisfactory performance for the SG DR traffics can be maintained due to the constant traffic characteristics and relatively low traffic amount that facilitates the scheduling of channel resources. Typically, the more a DR application generates traffic the higher hindrance it causes for the typical traffics other than the voice over IP that applies the QoS class of highest priority.

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Series: IEEE access
ISSN: 2169-3536
ISSN-E: 2169-3536
ISSN-L: 2169-3536
Volume: 8
Pages: 39793 - 39808
DOI: 10.1109/ACCESS.2020.2975879
Type of Publication: A1 Journal article – refereed
Field of Science: 213 Electronic, automation and communications engineering, electronics
Funding: This research has been partially financially supported by Academy of Finland 6Genesis Flagship (grant 318927).
Academy of Finland Grant Number: 318927
Detailed Information: 318927 (Academy of Finland Funding decision)
Copyright information: © The Authors 2020. This work is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution 4.0 License. For more information, see