Capacity Scaling of SDMA in Wireless Ad Hoc Networks

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Executive Summary

The authors consider an ad hoc network in which each multi-antenna transmitter sends independent streams to multiple receivers in a Poisson field of interferers. They provide the outage probability and transmission capacity scaling laws, aiming at investigating the fundamental limits of Space Division Multiple Access (SDMA). They first show that super linear capacity scaling with the number of receive/transmit antennas can be achieved using dirty paper coding. Nevertheless, the potential benefits of multi-stream, multi-antenna communications fall off quickly if linear precoding is employed, leading to sublinear capacity growth in the case of single-antenna receivers.

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