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The IEEE 802.16/WiMAX standards has fully embraced multi-antenna technology and can, thus, deliver robust performance and high transmission rates. Nevertheless, due to its inherent cost concerns, a WiMAX Mobile Station (MS) should preferably contain fewer Radio Frequency (RF) chains than antenna elements. Thus, antenna selection, wherein a subset of antennas is dynamically selected to connect to the limited number of RF chains for transceiving, is a highly appealing performance enhancement technique for multiantenna WiMAX terminals. In this paper, a novel protocol for antenna selection in Space Division Multiple Access (SDMA) transmission is developed for the next-generation IEEE 802.16 mobile stations. Both locally and globally optimal selection rules are considered at the Base Station (BS).
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