Journal Article A Throughput Evaluation of an Over-Distributed Antenna System with Limited Pilot Resources

Nakanishi, Yuki  ,  Nishimura, Toshihiko  ,  Ohgane, Takeo  ,  Ogawa, Yasutaka  ,  Ohwatari, Yusuke  ,  Kishiyama, Yoshihisa

E98 ( 8 )  , pp.1465 - 1473 , 2015-08 , The Institute of Electronics, Information and Communication Engineers (IEICE)
A distributed antenna system, where the antennas of a base station are spatially distributed throughout the cell, can achieve better throughput at the cell edge than a centralized antenna system. On the other hand, the peak throughput degrades in general because each remote antenna unit has only a few antennas. To achieve both high peak and cell-edge throughputs, we need to increase the total number of antennas. However, this is not easy due to the pilot resource limitation when we use frequency division duplexing. In this paper, we propose using more antennas than pilot resources. The number mismatch between antennas and signals is solved by using a connection matrix. Here, we test two types of connection matrix: signal-distributing and signal-switching. Simulation results show that the sum throughput is improved by increasing the number of antenna elements per remote antenna unit under a constraint on the same number of pilot resources.

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