Can uplink transmissions survive in full-duplex cellular environments?

Hesham Elsawy, Ahmad Alammouri, Osama Amin, Mohamed-Slim Alouini

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In-band full-duplex (FD) communication is considered a potential candidate to be adopted by the fifth generation (5G) cellular networks. FD communication renders the entire spectrum simultaneously accessible by uplink and downlink, and hence, is optimistically promoted to double the transmission rate. While this is true for a single communication link, cross-mode interference (i.e., interference between uplink and downlink) may diminish the full-duplexing gain. This paper studies FD operation in large-scale cellular networks with real base stations (BSs) locations and 3GPP propagation environment. The results show that the uplink is the bottleneck for FD operation due to the overwhelming cross-mode interference from BSs. Operating uplink and downlink on a common set of channels in an FD fashion improves the downlink rate but significantly degrades (over 1000-fold) the uplink rate. Therefore, we propose the a-duplex scheme to balance the tradeoff between the uplink and downlink rates via adjustable partial overlap between uplink and downlink channels. The a-duplex scheme can provide a simultaneous 30% improvement in each of the uplink and downlink rates. To this end, we discuss the backward compatibility of the a-duplex scheme with half-duplex user-terminals. Finally, we point out future research directions for FD enabled cellular networks.
Original languageEnglish (US)
Title of host publication22nd European Wireless Conference, EW 2016
Number of pages6
ISBN (Print)9783800742219
StatePublished - Jan 1 2016

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