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The transmitted signal in an OFDM system can have high peak values due to the presence of many subcarriers. The high Peak-to-average Power Ratio (PAPR), as compared to a single carrier system in an OFDM system is detrimental for its proper operation. It decreases the Signal-to-Quantization Noise Ratio (SQNR) of the Analog-to-Digital and Digital-To-Analog converters. This degrades the efficiency of the power amplifiers in the transmitter. This paper aims to improve the PAPR in the uplink by DFT spreading so as to preserve the limited battery power in a mobile terminal.
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