Two-cell downlink noncoherent cooperation without transmitter phase alignment

Mingguang Xu*, Dongning Guo, Michael L. Honig

*Corresponding author for this work

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Multicell joint processing can mitigate inter-cell interference and thereby increase the spectral efficiency of cellular systems. Most previous work has assumed phase-aligned (coherent) transmissions from different base stations (BSTs), which is difficult to achieve in practice. In this work, a non-coherent cooperative transmission scheme for the downlink is studied, which does not require phase alignment. We consider two adjacent cells each with a single user, and assume that the BSTs share their messages through a dedicated link. Each BST transmits a superposition of two codewords, one for each receiver. Each receiver decodes its own message, and treats the signals for the other receiver as background noise. With narrow-band transmissions the achievable rate region and maximum achievable weighted sum rate are characterized by optimizing the power allocation at each BST between its two codewords. For a wideband (multicarrier) system, a dual formulation of the optimal power allocation problem across subcarriers is presented, which admits efficient numerical solution. Results show that the proposed cooperation scheme can improve the sum rate substantially at low to moderate signal-to-noise ratios.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Title of host publication2010 IEEE Global Telecommunications Conference, GLOBECOM 2010
StatePublished - 2010
Event53rd IEEE Global Communications Conference, GLOBECOM 2010 - Miami, FL, United States
Duration: Dec 6 2010Dec 10 2010

Publication series

NameGLOBECOM - IEEE Global Telecommunications Conference


Other53rd IEEE Global Communications Conference, GLOBECOM 2010
Country/TerritoryUnited States
CityMiami, FL

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Electrical and Electronic Engineering


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