Date Added: Apr 2012
LTE-Advanced (LTE-A) systems support wider transmission bandwidths and hence, higher data rates for bulk traffic, as a result of Carrier Aggregation (CA). However, existing literature lacks efforts on channel-aware CA, especially in the uplink. The cell-edge users particularly suffer from exhaustion of resources, higher fading losses, lower SINR values (hence, requiring a higher power consumption) due to lossy channels that their traffic requirements are least-satisfied by channel-blind CA. This paper addresses the above concern by proposing an edge-prioritized channel- and traffic-aware uplink CA comprising Component Carrier (CC) assignment and resource scheduling. The LTE-A UEs are spatially-grouped and the under-represented edge UE groups, having the least assignable resources, are prioritized for CA.