Fractional Frequency Reuse in DCO-OFDM-Based Optical Attocell Networks

Chen Chen, Stefan Videv, Dobroslav Tsonev, Harald Haas

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In this paper a fractional frequency reuse (FFR)
technique is considered in a direct-current optical orthogonal
frequency-division multiplexing-based optical attocell network.
An optical attocell network is proposed as a special type of visible
light communication system that has the complete function of a
cellular network. The cellular network is composed of many cells
of extremely small size—the optical attocells. Two FFR schemes,
strict fractional frequency reuse and soft frequency reuse, are
considered. The signal-to-interference-plus-noise ratio (SINR)
statistics and the spectral efficiency of the optical cellular system
with FFR are analyzed. The performance of the systems with full
frequency reuse and FFR is evaluated and compared. The results
show that the FFR scheme can effectively achieve interference
mitigation in an optical attocell network. The cell edge user SINR
and spectral efficiency are significantly improved. Additionally,
FFR provides improvements in average spectral efficiency. The
effects of important parameters such as cell radius are also studied.
Original languageEnglish
Article number19
Pages (from-to)3986-4000
Number of pages15
JournalJournal of Lightwave Technology
Issue number19
Publication statusPublished - Oct 2015


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