Managing inter-cell interference with advanced receivers and rank adaptation in 5G small cells

Fernando Menezes Leitão Tavares, Gilberto Berardinelli, Davide Catania, Troels Bundgaard Sørensen, Preben Elgaard Mogensen

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The use of receivers with interference suppression capabilities is expected to be a significant performance booster in 5th Generation (5G) ultra-dense small cell networks. In this respect, they could represent an alternative to traditional frequency reuse techniques, facilitating the inter-cell interference management. In this paper, we evaluate whether it is possible to rely on such advanced receivers as the main tool to deal with the inter-cell interference problem. We present a system-level performance evaluation in three different dense indoor small cell scenarios using a receiver model that includes both interference rejection combining (IRC) and successive interference cancellation (SIC) principles, as well as different rank adaptation strategies. Our results confirm that interference suppression receivers with a supportive system design can indeed represent a valid alternative to frequency reuse. They achieve similar outage data rate performance in comparison to reuse strategies (resource orthogonalization), but higher average and peak throughput.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationProceedings of European Wireless 2015; 21th European Wireless Conference
Number of pages6
PublisherIEEE Press
Publication dateMay 2015
ISBN (Print)978-3-8007-3976-9
Publication statusPublished - May 2015
EventEuropean Wireless 2015 - Budapest, Hungary
Duration: 20 May 201522 May 2015
Conference number: 21


ConferenceEuropean Wireless 2015
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