Performance Evaluation of 4G Networks using System Level Relays
Shahid Mumtaz and Le Thanh Tu
Affiliation: Institute of Telecommunications, Aveiro, 3810078, Portugal.
Keywords: OFDMA, SLS, QoS, throughput, OFDMA networks, mobile stations, System Level Relays, system level simulator, Network simulator, OFDM symbols, coding scheme, SINR Modelling, Mobile Relay, SINR based algorithm, Outage probability, Communication system, shadowing processes, wireless networks, Nortel Networks
Future wireless communication systems are expected to provide more stable and higher data rate transmissions in the whole OFDMA networks, but the mobile stations (MS) in the cell boundary experience poor spectral efficiency due to the path loss from the transmitting antenna and interference from adjacent cells. Therefore, satisfying QoS(Quality of Service) requirements of each MS at the cell boundary has been an important issue. To resolve this spectral efficiency problem at the cell boundary, deploying relay stations has been actively considered. As multi-hop/relay has complex interactions between the routing and medium access control decisions, the extent to which analytical expressions can be used to explore its benefits are limited. Consequently, simulations tend to be the preferred way of assessing the performance of relays. In this paper, we evaluate the performance of relay assisted OFDMA networks by mean of system level simulator (SLS). We consistently observed that the throughput is increased and the outage is decreased in the relay- assisted OFDMA network, which is converted to range extension without any capacity penalty, for the realistic range of values of the propagation and other system parameters investigated. Several patents have been discussed relevant to this topic
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