Beyond Conventional Fractional Frequency Reuse for Networks With Irregular Cell Layout: An Optimization Approach and Performance Evaluation

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Fractional Frequency Reuse (FFR) is one of the key concepts for interference mitigation in OFDMA networks. Previous work on FFR has focused on networks of relatively small size and standard hexagon-shaped cell layout. For real-life networks with very irregular cell layout and high variation in radio propagation, standard reuse schemes (e.g., reuse with a factor three) are inadequate; applying a standard scheme, if possible at all, is far from optimal due to the irregularity. The authors present an approach based on large-scale optimization to study FFR in networks with irregular cell layout.