Improving Soft Frequency Reuse for Realistic OFDMA-Based Cellular Deployments
Effective interference management is a technical challenge of utmost importance for emerging OFDMA-based technologies such as Long Term Evolution (LTE) and Worldwide Interoperability for Microwave Access (WiMAX). Static Intercell Interference Coordination techniques including Soft Frequency Reuse (SFR) have enjoyed acceptance among mobile operators as a solution to deal with this problem mainly due to their low complexity and easy implementability. However, recent results indicate that the performance of default SFR settings directly applied to realistic cellular deployments is quite suboptimal and hence optimization is mandatory. This paper addresses this issue by presenting a novel multi-objective framework able to achieve accurate fine tuning of SFR and hence, enhance system capacity and cell edge performance while reducing energy consumption.