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On feasibility of coding-based 3GPP LTE coverage enhancements for MTC

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Original languageEnglish
Title of host publication2015 IEEE International Conference on Communication Workshop (ICCW)
Number of pages6
Publication statusPublished - 1 Jun 2015
Publication typeA4 Article in a conference publication
EventIEEE International Conference on Communications Workshop - , United States
Duration: 1 Jan 2000 → …


ConferenceIEEE International Conference on Communications Workshop
CountryUnited States
Period1/01/00 → …


As machine-type communications (MTC) penetrate deeper into our everyday life, alternative access models are considered for them. In particular, instead of a traditional multi-hop mesh topology (a.k.a. capillary network), recent works have suggested the use of a cellular network to cover massive numbers of MTC devices with a one-hop deployment (specifically, 3GPP LTE). This significantly reduces the need for relays at the cost of bitrate. On the other hand, reaching certain locations such as basements may be difficult in a single hop, and thus coverage enhancement features have been proposed for LTE. In this work, we evaluate the feasibility and applicability of the proposed coverage enhancements relying on the application of coding gain in the uplink channels. We perform radio network planning for representative neighborhoods with massive deployments of smart meters, and compute the key performance indicators. We conclude with discussion on applicability of the coverage enhancements in various conditions.


  • 3G mobile communication, Long Term Evolution, telecommunication network planning, MTC, cellular network, coding-based 3GPP LTE coverage, machine-type communications, one-hop deployment, radio network planning, uplink channels, Encoding, Gain, Interference, Sensors, Smart meters, Spread spectrum communication, Uplink

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