Do Small Cells Make Sense for Simple Low Cost LPWANs?

Ashwin Natraj Arun, Anindya Bijoy Das, Christopher G. Brinton, David J. Love, James V. Krogmeier

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The increasing adoption of low power wide area networks (LPWANs) for Internet of Things (IoT) devices requires a thorough examination of network dynamics for multi-cell networks. This study introduces a novel scheme for multi-cell LPWAN and assesses the success probability for end devices at the cell edge using stochastic geometry to model intra-cell interference. We identify the optimal number of cells for a guaranteed minimum success probability, revealing that small cells enhance the average signal-to-interference-noise ratio. It benefits devices at the cell edge, addressing the challenges posed by the growing number of IoT devices in LPWANs.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)1
Number of pages1
JournalIEEE Wireless Communications Letters
StateAccepted/In press - 2024

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Control and Systems Engineering
  • Electrical and Electronic Engineering


  • Intercell interference
  • Interference
  • Internet of Things
  • IoT
  • Long Range (LoRa)
  • Low-power wide area networks
  • Rayleigh channels
  • Signal to noise ratio
  • stochastic geometry
  • Uplink


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