The traffic carrying capacity of wireless networks Conference Paper uri icon


  • How much traffic can wireless networks carry? Consider n nodes located in a disk of area A sq. meters, each capable of transmitting at a data rate of W bits/sec. Under a protocol based model for successful receptions, the total network can carry only Θ (W √An) bit-meters/sec, where 1 bit carried a distance of 1 meter is counted as 1 bit-meter. This is the best possible even assuming the nodes locations, traffic patterns, and the range/power of each transmission, are all optimally chosen. If the node locations and their destinations are randomly chosen, and all transmissions employ the same power/range, then each node only obtains a throughout of Θ (W/√n log n) bit/sec, if the network is optimally operated. Similar results hold for a physical SIR based model.

name of conference

  • 2000 IEEE International Symposium on Information Theory

published proceedings

  • 2000 IEEE International Symposium on Information Theory (Cat. No.00CH37060)

author list (cited authors)

  • Gupta, P., & Kumar, P. R

citation count

  • 2

complete list of authors

  • Gupta, P||Kumar, PR

publication date

  • December 2000