Joint Time-Domain Resource Partitioning, Rate Allocation, and Video Quality Adaptation in Heterogeneous Cellular Networks

Heterogeneous cellular networks (HCN) introduce small cells within the transmission range of a macro cell. For the efficient operation of HCNs it is essential that the high-power macro-cell shuts off its transmissions for an appropriate amount of time in order for the low-power small cells to transmit. This is a mechanism that allows time-domain resource partitioning (TDRP) and is critical to be optimized for maximizing the throughput of the complete HCN. In this paper, we investigate video communication in HCNs when TDRP is employed. After defining a detailed system model for video streaming in such an HCN, we consider the problem of maximizing the experienced video quality at all the users, by jointly optimizing the TDRP for the HCN, the rate allocated to each specific user, and the selected video quality transmitted to a user.

The NP-hard problem is solved with a primal-dual approximation algorithm that decomposes the problem into simpler sub problems, making them amenable to fast well-known solution algorithms. Consequently , the calculated solution can be enforced in the time scale of real-life video streaming sessions. This last observation motivates the enhancement of the proposed framework to support video delivery with dynamic adaptive streaming over HTTP (DASH). Our extensive simulation results demonstrate clearly the need for our holistic approach for improving the video quality and playback performance of the video streaming users in HCNs.