A Tractable Approach to Coverage and Rate in Cellular Networks

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Executive Summary

Cellular networks are usually modeled by placing the base stations on a grid, with mobile users either randomly scattered or placed deterministically. These models have been used extensively but suffer from being both highly idealized and not very tractable, so complex system-level simulations are used to evaluate coverage/outage probability and rate. More tractable models have long been desirable. The authors develop new general models for the multi-cell Signal-to-Interference-plus-Noise Ratio (SINR) using stochastic geometry.

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