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Enabling Uncoordinated Dynamic Spectrum Sharing Between LTE and NR Networks
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  • Merkebu Girmay ,
  • Vasilis Maglogiannis ,
  • Dries Naudts ,
  • Timo De Waele ,
  • adnan shahid ,
  • ingrid moerman ,
  • Eli De Poorter ,
  • H. Vincent Poor ,
  • Timo De Waele ,
  • Eli De Poorter
Merkebu Girmay
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Vasilis Maglogiannis
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Dries Naudts
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Timo De Waele
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adnan shahid
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ingrid moerman
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Eli De Poorter
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Abstract

Dynamic Spectrum Sharing (DSS) is an enabler for a seamless transition from 4G Long Term Evolution (LTE) to 5G New Radio (NR) by utilizing existing LTE bands without static spectrum re- farming. In this paper, we propose a cross-band DSS scheme that utilizes the Multimedia Broadcast Multicast Service over a Single Frequency Network (MBSFN) feature of an LTE network and the Multicast Broadcast Service (MBS) feature of an NR network. The proposed DSS scheme utilizes LTE and NR resource controllers to assign muted MBSFN subframes on the LTE band and muted MBS subframes on the NR band based on traffic needs. In contrast to the state-of-the-art, the proposed DSS scheme does not require a coordination signaling channel between the LTE and NR networks. Instead, a machine learning-based Technology Recognition and Traffic Characterization (TRTC) system is used to identify and characterize traffic patterns. The LTE and NR resource controllers use the TRTC to sense the muted subframes and offload traffic accordingly.