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This paper proposes a method for applying the idea of Interference Alignment (IA) in femtocell networks. In order to manage the uplink interference caused by macrocell users at the femtocell base stations (FBS), cooperation between macrocell users with the closest femtocell base stations could be used to align the received signals of macrocell users in the same subspace at multiple FBS simultaneously. We develop a method to apply IA while providing the QoS requirements of macrocell users, in terms of minimum received SINR at the macrocell base station (MBS). With this approach, the BER performance of femtocell users is shown to improve, while maintaining the quality of the communication channel of macrocell users.
Date of Conference: 5-9 Dec. 2011