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In a multi-cell wireless network, cell-edge User Equipments (UEs) inevitably suffer from strong interference from adjacent cells which leads to the UE throughput decrease. Contrary to conventional interference mitigation techniques which treat the interference as noise, the authors propose to use a rate splitting based interference exploitation technique. A novel distributed power allocation algorithm is adopted to optimize the performance. Simulation results show that the multi-layer rate splitting scheme with the proposed power allocation algorithm can approach the best known achievable rate bound of a two-user interference channel and substantially improve the performance of cell-edge UEs in a tri-sectored network.
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