Power Management over Co-channel Femtocells in LTE-A Systems

TitlePower Management over Co-channel Femtocells in LTE-A Systems
Publication TypeConference Paper
Year of Publication2012
AuthorsBouras, C, Papazois, A, Kokkinos, V, Diles, G
Conference NameIFIP Wireless Days 2012, Dublin, Ireland
Date Published21-23 November
KeywordsFemtocell, Power Control

The use of femtocells has been an attractive solution since it achieves better coverage and capacity and low cost for deployment and maintenance. However, their performance can be compromised by the cross-tier interference with existing macrocell infrastructure or between adjacent femtocells, especially in the case of co-channel deployment. One way to address this, is adjusting the transmit power of every femto base station with respect for overall performance. To this direction, we have implemented a framework that simulates femtocell overlays over LTE-Advanced (LTE-A) macrocellular systems. The framework allows power management over user-defined femtocell deployment, deciding their power levels according to three different power schemes. The resulting throughput is presented for every point of the macrocell in a user-friendly GUI. In this paper, we present the design of this framework and discuss the results.