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In 3GPP Long Term Evolution (LTE) networks, the frequency reuse schemes such as Fractional Frequency Reuse (FFR) and Soft Frequency Reuse (SFR) are used to improve system capacity. The allocation of transmit power and subcarriers to each cell in these schemes are fixed prior to network deployment. This limits the potential performance of these frequency reuse schemes. In this paper, the authors propose to improve the capacity of SFR scheme by jointly optimizing subcarrier and power allocation in multi-cell LTE networks. An iterative algorithm that can adaptively vary the number of major subcarriers and adjust the transmit power for each cell according to wireless traffic loads is proposed.
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