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Outage Performance of Flexible OFDM Schemes in Packet-Switched Transmissions

EURASIP Journal on Advances in Signal Processing20092009:698417

Received: 30 January 2009

Accepted: 7 August 2009

Published: 29 August 2009


α-OFDM, a generalization of the OFDM modulation, is proposed. This new modulation enhances the outage capacity performance of bursty communications. The α-OFDM scheme is easily implementable as it only requires an additional time symbol rotation after the IDFT stage and a subsequent phase rotation of the cyclic prefix. The physical effect of the induced rotation is to slide the DFT window over the frequency spectrum. When successively used with different angles α at the symbol rate, α-OFDM provides frequency diversity in block fading channels. Interestingly, simulation results show a substantial gain in terms of outage capacity and outage BER in comparison with classical OFDM modulation schemes. The framework is extended to multiantenna and multicellular OFDM-based standards. Practical simulations, in the context of 3GPP-LTE, called hereafter α-LTE, sustain our theoretical claims.

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Authors’ Affiliations

Algorithm Group, ST-Ericsson
Department of Telecommunication, Alcatel Lucent Chair on Flexible Radio


© R. Couillet and M. Debbah. 2009

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