Channel Estimation Impact for LTE Small Cells based on MU-VFDM

Publication Type:

Conference Paper


WCNC 2012, Paris, France (2012)


channel estimation, interference cancelation, overlay cognitive network, small-cells, VFDM


In a previous work, we introduced a spectrum sharing technique called Multi-User Vandermonde-subspace Frequency Division Multiplexing (MU-VFDM). This overlay technique allows the coexistence of a downlink Orthogonal Frequency Division Multiple Access (OFDMA) macro-cell and a cognitive multi-user small-cell system in time division duplex mode. In that work, MU-VFDM was shown to be able to completely cancel the interference towards a macro-cell system at the price of perfect channel state information (CSI) at the opportunistic small-cells. In this work we relax the perfect CSI constraint by introducing a channel estimation protocol that does not require cooperation between the two systems, but still provides harmless coexistence between them. The impact of this protocol is evaluated in terms of interference at the legacy and sum-rates at the opportunistic system. Simulation results show that, even with imperfect CSI estimation, MU-VFDM is able to achieve promising rates for the small-cells while incurring a small rate loss at the macro-cell due to interference