Starting from cellular networks with base station cooperation, this thesis investigates how classical network architectures can evolve to future networks in which the mobile stations are no longer served by base stations in their close vicinity, but by a dynamic and flexible heterogeneity of different nodes. With the transition from classical cell-based networks to relay enabled post-cellular networks, we trade off node complexity with density. Aggressive spatial multiplexing can thereby deliver high data rates to large areas in a very efficient way, even when the backhaul capacity is limited or when in certain areas no backhaul access is available at all. The beneficial performance scaling shows that such post-cellular networks can offer a flexible and dynamic solution for mobile communication of future generations.
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