User-centric intercell interference coordination in small cell networks

Chang Li, Jun Zhang, K. B. Letaief

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Small cell networks provide an effective way to meet the explosive growth of mobile data traffic, which, however, complicates the network structure and makes intercell interference management more challenging. One existing interference management approach is to divide the whole network into disjoint clusters, with base stations (BSs) within each cluster doing interference coordination, but the performance will then be limited by the cluster edge users. In this paper, a novel intercell interference coordination method is proposed from the user's point of view. Each mobile user will request some neighboring BSs for interference avoidance, which is based on the relative distance between the home BS and the interfering BSs, called as the interference coordination (IC) range. In this way, the most critical interfering sources for each user can be suppressed, and thus there will be no edge user. We derive an accurate approximation for the successful transmission probability of a typical user with the proposed interference coordination method, based on which the optimal IC range can be obtained. Simulation results demonstrate a significant performance gain for the proposed method, and also show that it outperforms the existing BS clustering method.

Original languageEnglish
Title of host publication2014 IEEE International Conference on Communications, ICC 2014
PublisherIEEE Computer Society
Number of pages6
ISBN (Print)9781479920037
Publication statusPublished - 1 Jan 2014
Externally publishedYes
Event2014 1st IEEE International Conference on Communications, ICC 2014 - Sydney, NSW, Australia
Duration: 10 Jun 201414 Jun 2014

Publication series

Name2014 IEEE International Conference on Communications, ICC 2014


Conference2014 1st IEEE International Conference on Communications, ICC 2014
CitySydney, NSW


  • downlink cellular networks
  • Interference coordination
  • Poisson point process

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Computer Networks and Communications

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