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Previous work on cooperative communications has concentrated primarily on the diversity benefits of such techniques. This paper, instead, considers the multiplexing benefits of cooperative communications. First, a new interpretation on the fundamental tradeoff between the transmission rate and outage probability in multi-antenna relay networks is given. It follows that multiplexing gains can be obtained at any finite SNR, in full-duplex multi-antenna relay networks. Thus relaying can offer not only stronger link reliability, but also higher spectral efficiency.
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