Robust transmission and interference management for femtocells with unreliable network access

O. Simeone, E. Erkip, S. Shamai Shitz

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A cellular system where macrocells are overlaid with femtocells is studied. Each femtocell is served by a home base station (HBS) that is connected to the macrocell base station (BS) via an unreliable network access link, such as DSL followed by the Internet. A scenario with a single macrocell and a single femtocell is considered first, and is then extended to include multiple macrocells and femtocells, both with standard single-cell processing and with multicell processing (or network MIMO). Two main issues are addressed for the uplink channel: ({i}) Interference management between femto and macrocells; ({ii}) Robustness to uncertainties on the quality of the femtocell (HBS-to-BS) access link. The problem is formulated in information-theoretic terms, and inner and outer bounds are derived to achievable per-cell sum-rates for outdoor and home users. Expected sum-rates with respect to the distribution of the femtocells access link states are studied as well. Overall, the analysis lends evidence to the performance advantages of sophisticated interference management techniques, based on joint decoding and relaying, and of robust coding strategies via the broadcast coding approach (i.e., unequal error protection).

Original languageEnglish (US)
Article number5646338
Pages (from-to)1469-1478
Number of pages10
JournalIEEE Journal on Selected Areas in Communications
Issue number9
StatePublished - Dec 2010


  • Cellular systems
  • femtocells
  • information theory
  • robust coding

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Computer Networks and Communications
  • Electrical and Electronic Engineering


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