Performance of Multicarrier/QAM-Level-Controlled Adaptive Modulation for Land Mobile Communication Systems


IEICE TRANSACTIONS on Communications   Vol.E81-B       pp.770-776
Publication Date: 1998/04/25
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Print ISSN: 0916-8516
Type of Manuscript: Category: Mobile Communication
multicarrier,  QAM,  adaptive,  time division duplex,  land mobile communications,  

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A system combining multicarrier modulation and adaptive modulation in which a suitable level of quadrature amplitude modulation (QAM) is selected for each subcarrier and time-slot, is proposed for high-bit-rate and high-quality digital land mobile communications. The advantages of the system are a mode in which information cannot be transmitted under adverse propagation conditions and a buffer memory to limit a transmission delay time. If the allowable delay time is small, such as in voice and video transmissions, the system tends to have a poor bit error rate (BER) because of the forcible QAM-level selection. Our new selection scheme improves the BER for small transmission delay time. Suitable distribution of the delay time among subcarriers is obtained by using the scheme where the QAM-level of each subcarrier is chosen collectively using the number of data bits stored in memory. Computer simulation of the systems BER performance showed that the system could provide a noticeable BER improvement over frequency-selective fading channels as well as flat Rayleigh fading channels. The QAM-level selection scheme was also effective for a low maximum Doppler frequency and a small memory size. The system could thus attain about 25-fold improvement in BER at Es/N030 dB compared to the multicarrier/16QAM system. It also attained about 60-fold and 3. 5-fold improvement in BER at fd=10Hz compared with the system with multicarrier/16QAM and without the QAM-level selection scheme, respectively.