Investigation on Transmission Power Control Suitable for Heterogeneous Network Employing Cell Range Expansion in LTE-Advanced Uplink

Akihito MORIMOTO  Nobuhiko MIKI  Hiroyuki ISHII  Daisuke NISHIKAWA  Yukihiko OKUMURA  

Publication
IEICE TRANSACTIONS on Communications   Vol.E96-B   No.4   pp.1051-1060
Publication Date: 2013/04/01
Online ISSN: 1745-1345
DOI: 10.1587/transcom.E96.B.1051
Print ISSN: 0916-8516
Type of Manuscript: PAPER
Category: Wireless Communication Technologies
Keyword: 
LTE-advanced,  heterogeneous network,  transmission power control,  cell range expansion,  

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Summary: 
In Long-Term Evolution (LTE)-Advanced, heterogeneous networks where femtocells and picocells are overlaid onto macrocells are being extensively discussed in addition to traditional well-planned macrocell deployment to improve further the system throughput. In heterogeneous networks, cell range expansion (CRE), which is a technique for expanding the cell radius of picocells by biasing the handover criteria, e.g., the downlink received signal power, is applied so that the UEs will more frequently select the picocells. This paper investigates a fractional transmission power control (TPC) method suitable for the heterogeneous networks that employ CRE in the LTE-Advanced uplink and evaluates the cell-edge user throughput and cell throughput performance. Simulation results (2-8 picocells and 25 (30) UEs are located within one macrocell with a uniform (cluster) distribution, the difference in transmission power between the macro and picocells is 16 dB, and the Typical Urban and Pedestrian-A channel models are employed) show that almost the same cell-edge user throughput is obtained by setting an appropriate difference in the target received signal power between the macro and picocells according to the CRE offset value.