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This paper addresses the performance of spatial division multiplexing (SDM) multiple-input multiple-output (MIMO) techniques together with frequency domain packet scheduling (FDPS) based on UTRAN long term evolution (LTE) downlink. Two SDM concepts currently considered in 3GPP are the single-user (SU-) and the multi-user (MU-) MIMO. For MU-MIMO, multiple users can be scheduled on different streams on the same time-frequency resource, while SU-MIMO restricts one time-frequency resource to a single user. Both concepts are analyzed against the 1times2 maximal ratio combining (MRC) case, using the proportional fair (PF) criterion extended to frequency and spatial domains. The realistic finite buffer best effort traffic model is used in the study. Results show that in the macrocell scenario, the combination of FDPS and SDM (SDM-FDPS) without preceding achieves only marginal gain in cell throughput, due to limited SINR dynamic range. The gain is increased to around 20% when precoding is applied. In the micro-cell scenario, the gain of SDM-FDPS over the reference scheme is increased up to 35% with precoding.
Date of Conference: 22-25 April 2007