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Opportunistic interference alignment in MIMO femtocell networks

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3 Author(s)
Tri Minh Nguyen ; Dept. of Electron. & Radio Eng., Kyung Hee Univ., Yongin, South Korea ; Quek, T.Q.S. ; Hyundong Shin

In this paper, we consider a two-tier MIMO network in the downlink, consisting of a single macrocell base station with multiple transmit antennas coexisting with several closed-access MIMO femtocells. With multiple receive antennas at both the macrocell and femtocell users, we propose an opportunistic interference alignment scheme to design the transmit and receive beamformers in order to mitigate intra and inter-tier interference. Moreover, to reduce the number of macrocell and femtocell users coexisting in the same spectrum, we apply a random spectrum allocation on top of the opportunistic interference alignment scheme. By applying stochastic geometry, we evaluate the performance of our proposed scheme in terms of distribution of received signal-to-interference plus noise ratio. Numerical results show the effectiveness of our proposed scheme in improving the performance of random MIMO femtocell networks.

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Information Theory Proceedings (ISIT), 2012 IEEE International Symposium on

Date of Conference:

1-6 July 2012