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Traditional wireless communications only utilize fixed-rate multicast and broadcast. In other words, only the most robust modulation and coding scheme can be applied for data transmission. Such a scheme fails to sufficiently exploit the potential gains of multicast and broadcast, resulting in bandwidth waste. To overcome such a problem, investigating the rate adaptation of multicast and broadcast wireless systems is the primary task. Unlike the traditional wireless systems, this paper presents an analytical model with rate adaptation for both multicast and broadcast. Adaptive modulation and coding are applied to achieve rate adaptation.
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