When brands fight over bands: Sociality in the cognitive radio ecosystem

Anna Wisniewska, Bilal Khan, Ala Al-Fuqaha, Kirk Dombrowski, Mohammad Abu Shattal

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2 Scopus citations


As wireless devices continue to proliferate, spectrum management is essential to a healthy and functioning digital ecosystem. Here we present an evolutionary analysis of how interbrand relationships can be expected to evolve in the cognitive radio domain over long time scales. We find that a range of trajectories are possible, and that the eventual outcomes depend on a variety of system parameters including the number of users and transmission band switching costs. Starting from previous bio-socially inspired fair spectrum sharing protocols, we put forward an extended model of secondary user etiquette that allows for a range of inter-group dynamics to arise in the natural course of competition over and co-use of spectrum resources. We show that as populations grow, increases in transmission switching costs lead to evolutionary pressures toward increasing antagonism between brands, and that in such scenarios devices tend to segregate by brand across bands. Understanding the drivers behind emerging inter-brand dynamics from an evolutionary perspective is an important input to the long term view of the successful application of distributed spectrum access and cognitive radio.

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
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


  • Cognitive radio networks
  • bio-social networking
  • contention-sensing
  • dynamic spectrum access
  • self-coexistence

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Computer Networks and Communications
  • Electrical and Electronic Engineering


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