Using drone base stations (drone-BSs) in wireless networks has started attracting attention. Drone-BSs can assist the ground BSs in both capacity and coverage enhancement. One of the important problems about integrating drone-BSs to cellular networks is the management of their placement to satisfy the dynamic system requirements. In this paper, we propose a method to find the positions of drone-BSs in an area with different user densities using a heuristic algorithm. The goal is to find the minimum number of drone-BSs and their 3D placement so that all the users are served. Our simulation results show that the proposed approach can satisfy the quality-of-service requirements of the network.

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Conference 84th IEEE Vehicular Technology Conference, VTC Fall 2016
Kalantari, E. (Elham), Yanikömeroǧlu, H, & Yongacoglu, A. (Abbas). (2017). On the number and 3D placement of drone base stations in wireless cellular networks. In IEEE Vehicular Technology Conference. doi:10.1109/VTCFall.2016.7881122