University of Calgary
The increase in mobile data usage is pushing broadband operators towards deploying smaller cells (femtocells) and sophisticated access technologies such as OFDMA. The expected high density of deployment and uncoordinated operations of femtocells however, make interference management both critical and extremely challenging. Femtocells have to use the same access technology as traditional macrocells. Given this, understanding the impact of the system design choices (originally tailored to well-planned macrocells) on interference management, forms an essential first step towards designing efficient solutions for next-generation femtocells. This in turn is the focus of the authors' work. With extensive measurements from their WiMAX OFDMA femtocell testbed, they characterize the impact of various system design choices on interference.