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9th International Conference on Broadband Communications, Networks, and Systems

September 19–20, 2018 | Faro, Portugal

Call For Papers

1st ITN-SECRET Workshop on Energy Efficient Next Generation Mobile Small Cell Networks

Co-located with the 9th International Conference on Broadband Communications, Networks, and Systems

(Broadnets 2018) September 19–20, 2018 | Faro, Portugal


4G systems provide a universal platform for broadband mobile services at any time, any place and anywhere. However, mobile traffic is still growing at an unprecedented rate and the need for more sophisticated broadband services is still further pushing the limits on current standards to provide even tighter integration between wireless technologies and higher speeds. The increase in number of mobile devices and traffic, the change in the nature of service and device, along with the pressure on operation and capital costs, and energy efficiency are all continuously putting stringent limits on the requirement of the design of mobile networks. Moreover, energy efficiency is now at the forefront of the socio-economic agenda, creating emerging market drivers towards energy compliant handsets and networking devices. It is widely accepted that incremental enhancements of current networking paradigm will not achieve or come close to meeting the requirements of networking by 2020. This has led to the need for a new generation of mobile communications: the so-called 5G.

This workshop will address the current technology trends, widely accepted to form part of 5G, by aiming to a new deployment of small cells based on the notion of mobile small cells. This notion goes beyond the current vision of 5G small cell through disruptive new “femtocell” like paradigms where end-users play the role of prosumers of wireless connectivity, to which we refer to as “Mobile Small Cells”.


The workshop especially welcomes submissions from other Initial Training Network (ITN) Early Stage Researchers (ESRs).

The areas of interest include but are not limited to:

• Green future wireless/mobile networks

• Network-Coded Cooperation for future mobile networks

• Security for mobile Small Cells

• Security in mobile networks based on network-coding

• Green RF for future Handsets (5G and beyond)

• Enabling Mobile Small Cells and network virtualization

• Energy Saving Management (ESM) in heterogeneous networks

• IoT applications built on top of small cell deployment

• Challenges in future deployment of small cells

• Interference and spectrum management

• Load balancing, traffic steering, end-to-end traffic steering, mobility management, reliability in ultra-dense small cells

• Architectures and protocols for improving energy efficiency in wireless networks

• Experiments, testbeds and prototypes


Important Dates

Submission proposals: 16 May 2018

Notification: 18 June 2018

Camera Ready: 19 July 2018


Submission Info

6-page (short paper) or 10-page (regular paper) for presentation

Papers should be submitted through EAI ‘Confy‘ system at Confy, and have to comply with the SPRINGER format (see Author’s kit section).

Papers will be judged on originality, correctness, and relevance. Submitted papers must be original work and may not be under consideration for another conference or journal. Accepted papers will be published in the Broadnets 2018 conference proceedings.

Please see the Broadnets 2018 web site for further instructions


Workshop Chairs:

Jonathan Rodriguez - Instituto de Telecomunicações (IT)

Ayman Radwan - Instituto de Telecomunicações (IT)

Xavier Gelabert - HUAWEI Technologies Oy Co Ltd (HUFI)


Organizing Committee:

Frank H. P. Fitzek - Technische Universitaet Dresden (TUD)

Raed A. Abd-Alhameed - University of Bradford (BRA)

Ilias Politis - University of Patras (UPAT)

Gerrit Schulte - Acticom Gmbh (ACTICOM)

Ashwain Rayit - SARAS Technology Ltd. (SARAS)



Local Organization:

Cláudia Barbosa - Instituto de Telecomunicações (IT)