Cooperation Between Base Stations in Uplink for Future Cellular Networks

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Executive Summary

Nowadays cellular systems operate with frequency reuse one, where adjacent cells use the same frequency band. User Equipments (UEs) located at cell edge are most affected by the resulting co-channel interference. In addition, cell edge UEs suffer from their weak carrier signal strength. This paper investigates new methods to increase the performance of cell edge UEs by means of information exchange between Base Stations (BSs). A BS serving a cell edge UE requests support from a co-channel BS. The supporting BS transfers IQ samples, demodulated or decoded bits received from the cell edge UE back to the serving BS. The serving BS then combines the information.

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