3 years ago

Full-Duplex Cloud Radio Access Network: Stochastic Design and Analysis

Arman Shojaeifard, Kai-kit Wong, Wei Yu, Gan Zheng, Jie Tang,
Full-duplex (FD) wireless has emerged as a disruptive communications paradigm for enhancing the achievable spectral efficiency (SE), thanks to the recent major breakthroughs in self-interference mitigation. The FD versus half-duplex (HD) SE gain in cellular networks is, however, largely limited by the mutual-interference (MI) between the downlink (DL) and the uplink (UL). A potential remedy for tackling the MI bottleneck is through cooperative communications. This paper provides a stochastic design and analysis of FD enabled cloud radio access network (C-RAN) under the Poisson point process-based abstraction model of multi-antenna radio units and user equipments. We consider different network- and user-centric approaches toward the formation of finite clusters in the C-RAN. Contrary to most existing studies, we explicitly take into consideration non-isotropic fading channel conditions and finite-capacity fronthaul links. Accordingly, upper-bound expressions for the C-RAN DL and UL SEs, involving the statistics of all intended and interfering signals, are derived. The performance of the FD C-RAN is investigated through the proposed theoretical framework and Monte-Carlo simulations. According to simulations using parameters of a state-of-the-art system, significant FD versus HD C-RAN SE gains can be achieved in the presence of advanced interference cancellation capabilities and sufficient-capacity fronthaul links.
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