Optimization of Time Domain Windowing and Guardband Size for Cellular OFDM Systems

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Executive Summary

OFDM signals have sidelobes in the spectrum, causing interference to the neighboring frequency channels in a cellular system. The sidelobes can be suppressed by Raised Cosine (RC) windowing in time domain, while the inter-cell interference can be suppressed by reserving a guardband between neighboring frequency channels. A higher Roll-Off Factor (ROF) of the RC window leads to better sidelobe suppression and allows a smaller guardband size, increasing the spectral efficiency. However, higher ROF implies longer symbol duration and reduced data rate.

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