On the Secrecy Capacity Region of the Block-Fading BCC with Limited CSI Feedback

Amal Hyadi, Zouheir Rezki, Mohamed-Slim Alouini

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In this work, we examine the secrecy capacity region of the block-fading broadcast channel with confidential messages (BCC) when the transmitter has limited knowledge of the channel. In particular, we consider a two-user communication system where the transmitter has one common message to be transmitted to both users and one confidential message intended to only one of them. The confidential message has to be kept secret from the other user to whom the information is not intended. The transmitter is not aware of the channel state information (CSI) of neither channel and is only provided by limited CSI feedback sent at the beginning of each fading block. Assuming an error-free feedback link, we characterize the secrecy capacity region of this channel and show that even with a 1-bit CSI feedback, a positive secrecy rate can still be achieved. Then, we look at the case where the feedback link is not error- free and is rather a binary erasure channel (BEC). In the latter case, we provide an achievable secrecy rate region and show that as long as the erasure event is not a probability 1 event, the transmitter can still transmit the confidential information with a positive secrecy rate.
Original languageEnglish (US)
Title of host publication2016 IEEE Global Communications Conference (GLOBECOM)
PublisherInstitute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers (IEEE)
ISBN (Print)9781509013289
StatePublished - Feb 7 2017


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