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Network capacity optimisation in millimetre wave band using fractional frequency reuse

Al-Falahy, NFA; Alani, OYK


NFA Al-Falahy


Inter Cell Interference (ICI) is a major challenge that degrades the performance of mobile systems, particularly
for cell-edge users. This problem arises significantly in the next generation system, as the trend of deployment is with high densification, which yields an ultra-dense network (UDN). One of the challenges in UDN is the dramatic increase of ICI from surrounding cells. A common technique to minimise ICI is interference coordination techniques. In this context, the most efficient ICI coordination is fractional frequency reuse (FFR).
This paper investigates the FFR in UDN millimetre wave
network at 26GHz band. The focus is on dense network with short inter site distance (ISD), and higher order sectorisation (HOS). The metrics used in frequency reuse is the signal to interference plus noise ratio (SINR) rather than the distance, as the line of sight in millimetre wave can be easily blocked by obstacles even if they are in close proximity to the serving base station. The work shows that FFR can improve the network performance in terms of per user cell-edge data throughput and average cell throughput, and maintain the peak data throughput
at a certain threshold. Furthermore, HOS has a potential gain over default sectored cells when the interference is carefully coordinated. The results show optimal values for bandwidth split per each scenario in FFR scheme to give the best trade-off between inner and outer zone users performance.


Al-Falahy, N., & Alani, O. (2017). Network capacity optimisation in millimetre wave band using fractional frequency reuse. IEEE Access, 6, 10924-10932.

Journal Article Type Article
Acceptance Date Oct 8, 2017
Online Publication Date Oct 24, 2017
Publication Date Oct 24, 2017
Deposit Date Oct 10, 2017
Publicly Available Date Oct 31, 2017
Journal IEEE Access
Electronic ISSN 2169-3536
Publisher Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers
Volume 6
Pages 10924-10932
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Additional Information Funders : Ministry of Higher Education and Scientific Research in Iraq (MOHESR) - University of Anbar


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