Limited Feedback Over Temporally Correlated Channels for the Downlink of a Femtocell Network

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Executive Summary

Heterogeneous networks are a flexible deployment model that rely on low power nodes to improve the user broadband experience in a cost effective manner. Femtocells are an integral part of heterogeneous networks, whose main purpose is to improve the indoor capacity. When restricting access to home users, femtocells cause a substantial interference problem that cannot be mitigated through coordination with the macrocell base station. In this paper, the authors analyze multiple antenna communication on the downlink of a macrocell network, with femtocell overlay. They evaluate the feasibility of limited feedback beamforming given delay on the feedback channel, quantization error and uncoordinated interference from the femtocells.

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