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Accurate Signal Recovery in UHF Band Reuse-1 Cellular OFDMA Downlinks

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posted on 04.08.2021, 06:26 by Giridhar K, Abhay Mohan M VAbhay Mohan M V
Accurate signal recovery is challenging for non-co-located transmit antennae deployments due to Inter Tower Interference (ITI) in reuse-1 cellular OFDMA networks. In the sub-1 GHz UHF band where only SISO deployment is possible, interference aware receiver algorithms are essential to mitigate the ITI. In this work, we develop a Joint Modified Least Squares (JmLS) algorithm for channel estimation in the presence of ITI. Firstly, it is shown that the JmLS algorithm achieves the Cramer-Rao lower bound. Next, an approach to managing the possibly distinct carrier frequency offsets of the different co-channel signals of interest is proposed. This improves the quality of the bit-level Joint Log-Likelihood Ratio. Finally, the impact of the choice of pilot sub-carrier information in the block modulated air-interface on the coded block error rate performance is studied. In particular, a comparison is made between (i) frequency orthogonal pilots from the different sectors, vis-a-vis, (ii) a pilot-on-pilot arrangement using pseudo-orthogonal sequences. The study indicates that based on the extent of frequency selectivity and the number of interferers being considered, (ii) is advantageous when the set of ITI pilots incident on a receiver is small when compared to the set of all possible pilots.


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