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P. Fernando, L. Gunawardhana, W. Rajapakshe, M. Dananjaya, T. Gamage and M. Liyanage, "Blockchain-Based Wi-Fi Offloading Platform for 5G," 2020 IEEE International Conference on Communications Workshops (ICC Workshops), Dublin, Ireland, 2020, pp. 1-6, doi: 10.1109/ICCWorkshops49005.2020.9145369

Blockchain-based Wi-Fi offloading platform for 5G

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Author: Fernando, Pramitha1; Gunawardhana, Lasitha1; Rajapakshe, Wishva1;
Organizations: 1Department of Electrical and Information Engineering, University of Ruhuna, Sri Lanka
2School of Informatics, University of Edinburgh, UK
3School of Computer Science, University College Dublin, Ireland
4Centre for Wireless Communications, University of Oulu, Finland
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Version: accepted version
Access: open
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Language: English
Published: Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers, 2020
Publish Date: 2020-11-16


The advent of 5G has sparked interest in Wi-Fi offloading techniques that enable efficient resource sharing and congestion management of wireless communication spectrum. However, offloading data between multiple networks (i.e. service providers) requires costly inter-provider communication which has a substantial overhead as well as high offloading latency. Moreover, involvement of the profit-oriented decision making of service providers has an inherent weakness of unfair scheduling among users and networks. To overcome those problems, this research work proposes a holistic framework similar to an online data market place where existing infrastructure can be used to set up Wi-Fi zones that everyone can use from their own data plan irrespective of the network operators they belong to. First, our proposed architecture improves the efficacy of offloading by using decentralized nature of the emerging Software-Defined Networking (SDN) to set up an operator-assisted data offloading platform, resulting in efficient inter-provider communication. Second, our proposal strengthens the fair scheduling of offloading resources by using blockchain technology to initiate unbiased and independent decision making. The resulting service is a rating system for the sellers to make reliable transactions for payments.

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Series: IEEE/CIC International Conference on Communications in China - Workshops
ISSN: 2474-9133
ISSN-E: 2474-9141
ISSN-L: 2474-9133
ISBN: 978-1-7281-7440-2
ISBN Print: 978-1-7281-7441-9
Pages: 1 - 6
Article number: 9145369
DOI: 10.1109/ICCWorkshops49005.2020.9145369
Host publication: 2020 IEEE International Conference on Communications Workshops (ICC Workshops)
Conference: IEEE International Conference on Communications Workshops (ICC Workshops)
Type of Publication: A4 Article in conference proceedings
Field of Science: 213 Electronic, automation and communications engineering, electronics
Funding: This work is party supported by European Union in RESPONSE 5G (Grant No: 789658) and Academy of Finland in 6Genesis (grant no. 318927) and SecureConnect projects.
Academy of Finland Grant Number: 318927
Detailed Information: 318927 (Academy of Finland Funding decision)
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