Coordinated multipoint transmission for LTE-advanced networks in dense informal settlements

Beneyam Berehanu Haile, Edward Mutafungwa, Jyri Hämäläinen

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The emerging Long Term Evolution-Advanced (LTE-A) standard promises improvements in throughput, latency, spectrum-flexibility and reduction in costs-per-bit, through use of techniques, such as, coordinated multipoint (CoMP) transmission and reception. LTE-A enhancements provide an attractive long-term solution for operators to implement cost-effective capacity-upgrades and guarantee affordable broadband access in the emerging markets (e.g., Africa). The fast expanding densely-populated informal settlements are among the key areas that could benefit from this new technology. This paper presents a simulation study on the spectral efficiency gains that are achievable with CoMP transmission in an exemplary dense informal settlement area. The results demonstrate that use of CoMP provides capacity enhancements without need for costly deployment of additional macro sites, thus contributing to affordability of broadband access through reduced cost-per-bit. Moreover, we note possible improvements in energy efficiency, by lowering transmit powers without significant impact on CoMP spectral efficiency gains. © 2013 IEEE.

Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationIEEE AFRICON Conference
ISBN (Print)9781467359405
Publication statusPublished - 2013
MoE publication typeA4 Article in a conference publication
EventIEEE AFRICON Conference - Pointe-Aux-Piments, Mauritius
Duration: 9 Sep 201312 Sep 2013


ConferenceIEEE AFRICON Conference
Abbreviated titleAfricon


  • CoMP
  • emerging markets
  • LTE-Advanced

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