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Opportunistic Use of Successive Interference Cancellation in Reverse TDD HetNets

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Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)619-623
JournalIEEE Wireless Communications Letters
Issue number5
Publication statusE-pub ahead of print - 27 Dec 2019
Publication typeA1 Journal article-refereed


Cross-tier interference management is one of the major challenges in heterogeneous cellular networks (HetNets). Though the network throughput increases due to a better area spectral efficiency of a HetNet, there is possibility that high interference will make few link capacities close to zero when users regard interference as noise (IAN). In this letter, successive interference cancellation (SIC) is used to cancel the cross-tier interference in a reverse time division duplexing (RTDD) scheme. We demonstrate that by opportunistic use of SIC, a minimum guarantee on the sum link capacity can be ensured for an RTDD HetNet. This minimum sum link capacity is later on proved to be the maximum that can be achieved by orthogonal resource allocation schemes. Through system-level simulations for random allocation, it is shown that the proposed scheme is better than using SIC and IAN alone. To further improve the overall system capacity, an optimization problem for selecting co-channel users is formulated, and the Hungarian algorithm is employed to solve it.


  • HetNets, Hungarian algorithm, interference management, reverse TDD, resource allocation, SIC.

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