Identity management using blockchain for cognitive cellular networks

Saravanan Raju, Sai Boddepalli, Suraj Gampa, Qiben Yan, Jitender S. Deogun

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Cloud-centric cognitive cellular networks utilize dynamic spectrum access and opportunistic network access technologies as a means to mitigate spectrum crunch and network demand. However, furnishing a carrier with personally identifiable information for user setup increases the risk of profiling in cognitive cellular networks, wherein users seek secondary access at various times with multiple carriers. Moreover, network access provisioning - assertion, authentication, authorization, and accounting - implemented in conventional cellular networks is inadequate in the cognitive space, as it is neither spontaneous nor scalable. In this paper, we propose a privacy-enhancing user identity management system using blockchain technology which places due importance on both anonymity and attribution, and supports end-to-end management from user assertion to usage billing. The setup enables network access using pseudonymous identities, hindering the reconstruction of a subscriber's identity. Our test results indicate that this approach diminishes access provisioning duration by up to 4x, decreases network signaling traffic by almost 40%, and enables near real-time user billing that may lead to approximately 3x reduction in payments settlement time.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Title of host publication2017 IEEE International Conference on Communications, ICC 2017
EditorsMerouane Debbah, David Gesbert, Abdelhamid Mellouk
PublisherInstitute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers Inc.
ISBN (Electronic)9781467389990
StatePublished - Jul 28 2017
Externally publishedYes
Event2017 IEEE International Conference on Communications, ICC 2017 - Paris, France
Duration: May 21 2017May 25 2017

Publication series

NameIEEE International Conference on Communications
ISSN (Print)1550-3607


Other2017 IEEE International Conference on Communications, ICC 2017


  • accounting
  • assertion
  • authentication
  • authorization
  • blockchain
  • identity management
  • performance
  • privacy

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Computer Networks and Communications
  • Electrical and Electronic Engineering


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