A Closed-Form Approximation of the SIR Distribution in a LEO Uplink Channel

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The Low Earth Orbit (LEO) satellite networks will improve the quality of future communication networks. The rapid expansion of LEO networks brings up considerations of man-made interference from terrestrial networks or other LEO terminals. Especially the future terrestrial networks will cause interference in satellite receivers as higher frequency bands will be utilized in the emerging 5G and beyond networks. We study the distribution of signal-to-interference ratio (SIR) in a narrow beam LEO satellite receiver affected by a dense heterogeneous set of interfering transmitters. We propose that the distribution of interference power approximates the Gaussian distribution for the positive values. Furthermore, we suggest that the distribution of SIR follows the gamma distribution. We use the tools of stochastic geometry and derive the location, shape, and scale parameters for the distributions of interference and SIR. The parameters depend on the amount of interfering transmitters inside the receiving satellite’s 3 dB footprint, the transmitting powers, and the slow and fast fading conditions.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publication2022 IEEE Globecom Workshops (GC Wkshps)
Number of pages6
ISBN (Electronic)978-1-6654-5975-4
Publication statusPublished - 12 Jan 2023
MoE publication typeA4 Conference publication
EventIEEE Globecom Workshops - Rio de Janeiro, Brazil
Duration: 4 Dec 20228 Dec 2022


ConferenceIEEE Globecom Workshops
Abbreviated titleGC Wkshps
CityRio de Janeiro


  • Gamma distribution
  • Fading channels
  • Satellites
  • Transmitters
  • Shape
  • Urban areas
  • Low earth orbit satellites


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