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The uplink of the two-user multiple-antenna interference channel is considered and the optimal (in the ergodic rate sense) BeamForming (BF) problem is posed and solved. Specifically, a feedback scenario is studied whereby a Base Station (BS) is allowed to estimate the instantaneous channel vector information from the users it serves, but not from out-of-cell interference users. That is to say, only statistical information can be obtained regarding the interference. In contrast with most previous works, the motivation behind the presumed feedback scenario is the compliance with current cellular network standards. For this scenario, the authors derive new expressions for the ergodic user rates. Exploiting the derived expressions, the optimal, with respect to ergodic rate maximization, receive BF vectors are found in closed-form.
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