Modulation and Coding Scheme Selection in Multimedia Broadcast Over a Single Frequency Network-Enabled Long-Term Evolution Networks

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Executive Summary

Long term evolution constitutes the next generation cellular network beyond 3G that is designed to support the explosion in demand for bandwidth-hungry multimedia services in wireless networks by providing an extremely high performance radio access technology. To support Multimedia Broadcast/Multicast Services (MBMS), long term evolution offers the functionality to transmit MBMS over a single frequency network, where a time-synchronized common waveform is transmitted from multiple cells for a given duration. This enables over-the-air combining, thus significantly improving the Spectral Efficiency (SE) compared with conventional MBMS operations. In MBMS over a single frequency network transmissions, the achieved SE is mainly determined by the modulation and coding scheme selected.

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