Fractional Frequency Reuse in Integrated Femtocell/Macrocell Environments

TitleFractional Frequency Reuse in Integrated Femtocell/Macrocell Environments
Publication TypeConference Paper
Year of Publication2013
AuthorsBouras, C, Papazois, A, Kokkinos, V, Tseliou, G
Conference Name11th International Conference on Wired/Wireless Internet Communications (WWIC 2013), Saint - Petersbourg, Russia
Date PublishedJune 5-7

Femtocells have a strong potential for increasing the efficiency, cell coverage and network capacity of next-generation mobile networks. In Long Term Evolution technology, the adaptation of Fractional Frequency Reuse techniques has been proposed in order to overcome the co-channel interference and augment the total throughput of the network. In this work, we propose a Fractional Frequency Reuse method that on the one hand calculates the optimal inner region radius and frequency allocation of a macrocell and on the other hand assigns frequency resources to the femtocells in order to mitigate the co-channel interference. We apply this method in an integrated femtocell/macrocell environment and evaluate it based on the optimization of three metrics, depending on the network operator?s needs.