Analysis of High-Reliable and Low-Latency Communication Enablers for New Radio Unlicensed

Roberto Maldonado Cuevas, Claudio Rosa, Klaus Ingemann Pedersen

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In this paper, the performance impact of several high-reliable and low-latency communications technology enablers in the unlicensed spectrum for standalone operation is evaluated. Firstly, a comparison between MulteFire (MF) and New Radio-Unlicensed (NR-U) is established. It is shown that higher sub-carrier spacings and shorter processing times provide clear latency reduction benefits. Additionally, different transmission time intervals (TTI) durations are evaluated. Shortening the TTI duration decreases the latency by a factor of 5.75 at 99.99% reliability and reduces the uplink Listen Before Talk (LBT) blocking probability by 18%. The possibility of having multiple switching points during the frame is also evaluated. It is concluded that having multiple switching points provides a latency reduction mainly due to the reduction of the number of channel accesses and the reduced gaps within the frame. A time-diversity technique to cope with high uplink LBT blocking probability is also evaluated. By combining the aforementioned features, a latency reduction factor of 31 is achieved when optimized NR-U and MulteFire performances are compared.

Original languageEnglish
Title of host publication2020 IEEE Wireless Communications and Networking Conference (WCNC)
Number of pages6
Publication date19 Jun 2020
Article number9120497
ISBN (Print)978-1-7281-3107-8
ISBN (Electronic) 978-1-7281-3106-1
Publication statusPublished - 19 Jun 2020
Event2020 IEEE Wireless Communications and Networking Conference (WCNC) - Seoul, Korea, Republic of
Duration: 25 May 202028 May 2020


Conference2020 IEEE Wireless Communications and Networking Conference (WCNC)
CountryKorea, Republic of
SeriesIEEE Wireless Communications and Networking Conference, WCNC


  • latency
  • listen before talk
  • multiple PUSCH occasions
  • new radio unlicensed
  • reliability
  • short transmission times


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