Interference Behavior of Integrated Femto and Macrocell Environments
Femtocells are data access points installed by the subscribers to provide better indoor voice and data coverage and to increase system capacity. The integrated femtocell/macrocell networks offer an efficient way to increase access capacity by improving coverage and quality of service while on the other side the deployment cost for the service provider is kept in extremely low levels. One of the major technical challenges that femtocell networks are facing is their interference behavior when they are placed within macrocells. The study presented in this paper focuses on the impact of integrating femtocells in macrocell networks in terms of adjacent cell interference that the macrocell environment adds to users served by a femto base station and vice versa.