Distributed Uplink Macro Diversity for Cooperating Base Stations
Source: Ericsson Research
Nowadays cellular systems operate with frequency reuse one, where adjacent cells use the same frequency band. Use Equipments (UEs) located at cell edge are mostly affected by the resulting co-channel interference. In addition, cell edge UEs suffer from their weak carrier signal strength. This paper proposes a new method to increase the performance of cell edge UEs by means of information exchange between Base Stations (BSs). A BS serving a cell edge UE requests support from a co-channel BS. The supporting BS transfers demodulated or decoded bits received from the cell edge UE back to the serving BS. The serving BS then combines the information.