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In mobile multicast transmissions, the receiver with the worst instantaneous channel condition limits the transmission data rate under the desired Quality-of-Service (QoS) constraints. If Automatic Repeat reQuest (ARQ) schemes are applied, the selection of Adaptive Modulation and Coding (AMC) mode will not necessarily be limited by the worst channel anymore, and improved spectral efficiency may be obtained in the efficiency-reliability tradeoff. In this paper, the authors first propose a Network-Coding-based ARQ (NC-ARQ) scheme in its optimal form and suboptimal form (denoted as Opt-ARQ and SubOpt-ARQ, resp.) to solve the scalability problem of applying ARQ in multicast.
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