Full-duplex cloud radio access networks: An information-theoretic viewpoint

Osvaldo Simeone, Elza Erkip, Shlomo Shamai

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The conventional design of cellular systems prescribes the separation of uplink and downlink transmissions via time-division or frequency-division duplex. Recent advances in analog and digital domain self-interference interference cancellation challenge the need for this arrangement and open up the possibility to operate base stations, particularly low-power ones, in a full-duplex mode. As a means to cope with the resulting downlink-to-uplink interference among base stations, this letter investigates the impact of the Cloud Radio Access Network (C-RAN) architecture. The analysis follows an information theoretic approach based on the classical Wyner model. The analytical results herein confirm the significant potential advantages of the C-RAN architecture in the presence of full-duplex base stations, as long as sufficient fronthaul capacity is available and appropriate mobile station scheduling, or successive interference cancellation at the mobile stations, is implemented.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Article number6845310
Pages (from-to)413-416
Number of pages4
JournalIEEE Wireless Communications Letters
Issue number4
StatePublished - Aug 2014


  • Full duplex
  • Wyner model
  • cellular wireless systems
  • cloud radio access networks (C-RAN)
  • successive interference cancellation.

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Control and Systems Engineering
  • Electrical and Electronic Engineering


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