Self-Organized Inter-Cell Interference Coordination Based on Partial CSI Sharing in Heterogeneous Networks Employing Cell Range Expansion

Kazunori HAYASHI

IEICE TRANSACTIONS on Communications   Vol.E99-B    No.8    pp.1780-1788
Publication Date: 2016/08/01
Online ISSN: 1745-1345
DOI: 10.1587/transcom.2015CCP0032
Type of Manuscript: Special Section PAPER (Special Section on Advanced Information and Communication Technologies and Services in Conjunction with Main Topics of APCC2015)
Category: Wireless Communication Technologies
heterogeneous network,  cell range expansion,  ICIC,  LTE-advanced,  CSI feedback,  

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Many research efforts are being focused upon the design of dynamic Inter-Cell Interference Coordination (ICIC) schemes for macrocell/picocell heterogeneous networks employing Cell Range Expansion (CRE). In order to protect the expanded Pico User Equipments (ePUEs) located in the CRE region from severe Macro Base Station (MBS) interference in downlink, the conventional methods reduce the transmit power of the MBS in the Almost Blank Subframes (ABSs), where ePUEs can be scheduled. However, this severely limits the amount of usable resources/power for the MBS as compared to Resource Block (RB)-based dynamic allocation. Instead, we propose a self-organized RB-based dynamic resource allocation method. Based on the proposed partial Channel State Information (CSI) sharing, the MBS obtains ePUEs' CSI and predicts their RB allocation. Then, the MBS reduces its transmit power in RBs where the ePUEs' allocation probability is estimated to be high. The simulation results show that the proposed scheme achieves excellent macrocell/picocell performance trade-offs, even when taking into account the overhead increase due to the partial CSI sharing.