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Full-duplex for cellular networks : a stochastic geometry approach

Abstract : Full-duplex (FD) is a principle in which a transceiver can receive and transmit on the same time-frequency radio resource. The principle was long held as impractical due to the high self-interference that arises when simultaneously transmitting and receiving in the same resource block. When assuming perfect self-interference cancellation, FD can potentially double the spectral efficiency (SE) of a given point-to-point communication. In practice though, it is not possible to achieve the aforementioned characteristic. Moreover, under a cellular network context, not only the self-interference limits the performance, since additional co-channel interference is created by base stations (BSs) and users equipment (UEs). However, even with the higher interference dowlinks (DLs) still obtain higher SE performances, whereas uplinks (ULs) are generally critically degraded, when compared to half-duplex (HD). We focus our work in the study of alternatives that can help improve the impaired ULs in FD networks, while still trying to profit from the gains experienced by DLs.In this regard, we use stochastic geometry along the thesis as a means to characterize key performance indicators of cellular networks, such as: coverage probability, average SE and data rates. The thesis is divided into three major studies. Firstly, we propose a duplex-switching policy which enables BSs to operate in FD- or HD- depending on the UL and DL conditions. Secondly, we investigate the performance of hybrid HD/FD networks under a millimeter wave context. Finally, we propose a novel algorithm based on nonorthogonal multiple-access (NOMA) and successive interference cancellation (SIC), which allows BSs to coordinate on their respective transmission schemes to reduce the BS-to-BS interference. We demonstrate that the models presented in the thesis allow to balance the gains of one link over the other; reducing the UL degradation, while maintaining DL gains. In addition, we show that scenarios in which equipment is able to perform beamforming are ideal for FD deployments, since they directly reduce the cochannel interference.
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Hernan Arrano Scharager. Full-duplex for cellular networks : a stochastic geometry approach. Networking and Internet Architecture [cs.NI]. Institut Polytechnique de Paris, 2020. English. ⟨NNT : 2020IPPAT001⟩. ⟨tel-02559360⟩

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