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This paper provides a link and system level study of the downlink in a B3G system using MIMO OFDMA techniques. A 3GPP/LTE-like scenario, in terms of frame structure and system main parameters, is considered in this study. At the link level, the double Alamouti MIMO scheme is studied and the performances of various modulation and coding schemes (MCS) are provided. The impact of real MIMO channel estimation (including RF impairments, CFO compensation and automatic gain control AGC) on the MCSs link performance is also presented. System level study is thus carried out to assess the performance of the downlink OFDMA in terms of coverage and cell throughput. Several scheduling disciplines and MIMO schemes are investigated and the impact of the spatial diversity on the cell throughput is provided. This study has been carried out in the scope of the French RNRT OPUS project.
Date of Conference: 11-14 May 2008