Interference Management Techniques for Cellular Wireless Communication Systems

Pekka Jänis

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The growing demand for higher capacity wireless networks can be met by increasing the frequency bandwidth, spectral efficiency, and base station density. Flexible spectrum access, multiantenna, and multicarrier techniques are key enablers in satisfying the demand. In addition, automation of tasks related to network planning, optimization, interference management, and maintenance are needed in order to ensure cost-efficiency. Effective, dynamic, and automated interference management tailored for bursty and local data traffic plays a central role in the task. Adjacent channel interference (ACI) management is an enabler for flexible spectrum use and uncoordinated network deployments. In this thesis the impact of ACI in local area time division duplex (TDD) cellular systems is demonstrated. A method is proposed where the transmitters optimize their transmitted spectral shape on-line, such that constraints on ACI induced by power amplifier non-linearity are met. The proposed method increases the fairness among spectrum sharing transceivers when ACI is a limiting factor. A novel interference-aware scheduling technique is proposed and analyzed. The technique manages co-channel interference (CCI) in a decentralized fashion, relying on beacon messages sent by data receivers. It is demonstrated that the proposed technique is an enabler for fair spectrum sharing among operators, independent adaptation of uplink/downlink switching points in TDD networks, and it provides overall more fair and spectrally efficient wireless access. Especially, the technique is able to improve the cell-edge throughput tremendously. New services are emerging that generate local traffic among the users in addition to the data traffic between the users and the network. Such device-to-device (D2D) traffic is effectively served by direct transmissions. The thesis demonstrates the possibilities for allowing such direct D2D transmissions on a shared band together with the cellular communication. It is shown that interference management is needed in order to facilitate reliable and efficient shared band operation. For this purpose, three methods are proposed that provide interference aware power control, interference aware multiuser and multiband resource allocation, and interference avoiding spatial precoding. It is shown that enabling direct transmission itself provides most of the gains in system capacity, while the interference management schemes are more important in promoting fairness and reliability.
Translated title of the contributionInterference Management Techniques for Cellular Wireless Communication Systems
Original languageEnglish
QualificationDoctor's degree
Awarding Institution
  • Aalto University
  • Koivunen, Visa, Supervisor
  • Koivunen, Visa, Advisor
Print ISBNs978-952-60-5237-3
Electronic ISBNs978-952-60-5238-0
Publication statusPublished - 2013
MoE publication typeG5 Doctoral dissertation (article)


  • interference management
  • adjacent channel interference
  • co-channel interference
  • device-to-device communication
  • interference-aware scheduling

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