3 years ago

Coexistence Gaps in Space: Cross-Technology Interference-Nulling for Improving LTE-U/WiFi Coexistence.

Adam Wolisz, Anatolij Zubow, Suzan Bayhan

To avoid the foreseeable spectrum crunch, LTE operators have started to explore the option to directly use 5 GHz unlicensed spectrum band being used by IEEE 802.11 (WiFi). However, as LTE is not designed with shared spectrum access in mind, there is a major issue of coexistence with WiFi networks. Current coexistence schemes to be deployed at the LTE-U BS create coexistence gaps only in one domain (e.g., time, frequency, or space) and can provide only incremental gains due to the lack of coordination among the coexisting WiFi and LTE-U networks. Therefore, we propose a coordinated coexistence scheme which relies on cooperation between neighboring LTE-U and WiFi networks. Our proposal suggests that LTE-U BSs equipped with multiple antennas can create coexistence gaps in space domain in addition to the time domain gaps by means of cross-technology interference nulling towards WiFi nodes in the interference range. In return, LTE-U can increase its own airtime utilization while trading off slightly its antenna diversity. The cooperation offers benefits to both LTE-U and WiFi in terms of improved throughput and decreased channel access delay. More specifically, system-level simulations reveal a throughput gain up to 221% for LTE-U network and 44% for WiFi network depending on the setting, e.g., the distance between the two cell, number of LTE antennas, and WiFi users in the LTE-U BS neighborhood. Our proposal provides significant benefits especially for moderate separation distances between LTE-U/WiFi cells where interference from a neighboring network might be severe due to the hidden network problem.

Publisher URL: http://arxiv.org/abs/1710.07927

DOI: arXiv:1710.07927v1

You might also like
Discover & Discuss Important Research

Keeping up-to-date with research can feel impossible, with papers being published faster than you'll ever be able to read them. That's where Researcher comes in: we're simplifying discovery and making important discussions happen. With over 19,000 sources, including peer-reviewed journals, preprints, blogs, universities, podcasts and Live events across 10 research areas, you'll never miss what's important to you. It's like social media, but better. Oh, and we should mention - it's free.

  • Download from Google Play
  • Download from App Store
  • Download from AppInChina

Researcher displays publicly available abstracts and doesn’t host any full article content. If the content is open access, we will direct clicks from the abstracts to the publisher website and display the PDF copy on our platform. Clicks to view the full text will be directed to the publisher website, where only users with subscriptions or access through their institution are able to view the full article.