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This paper deals with the proposal and performance evaluation of a fixed microwave communication (FMC) system that shares the same bandwidth with a wireless personal communication network. In particular, the focus here is on the case of an existing universal mobile telecommunication system (UMTS) network for which an FMC system is considered to provide a wireless connection between a remote base station not having the possibility of a wired connection to the core network and a base station having this possibility (a core network access point). This facility is of special interest in a dense urban environment or whenever a wired connection is prohibitive for service providers due to its implementation cost or lack of frequency spectrum. The mutual interference effects between the FMC systems and the existing UMTSs are investigated by focusing on typical application scenarios. A receiving scheme where interference signals are first detected and then canceled from the other received signals is proposed. The performance of the two interfering systems has been evaluated in terms of bit error rates (BERs) both by means of an analytical approach and computer simulations. The obtained results clearly demonstrate the effectiveness of the proposed method, in particular, by allowing efficient bandwidth sharing between the FMC system and the existing UMTS network.
Date of Publication: Jan. 2008