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Title: System optimisation and radio planning for future LTE-advanced
Author: Khwandah, Sinan
ISNI:       0000 0004 5994 1307
Awarding Body: Brunel University London
Current Institution: Brunel University
Date of Award: 2015
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This work is related to wireless communication. In this Thesis three main issues are addressed for future cellular networks: power consumption, interference and mobility. These issues continue to be a burden on the system’s performance as long as technology keeps evolving. In the presented chapters, the focus was to introduce greater intelligence to the LTE system algorithms and bring to them a dynamic and self-organizing approach. The first approach concerns power consumption in wireless terminals. The currently applied solution to save energy is the DRX mechanism. It organizes the time when the terminal wakes up and starts receiving data, and when it goes into sleep mode in order to save its battery power. The current DRX is described as static or fixed which makes its parameters unsuitable for the nature of the bursty traffic. In this work an adaptive DRX mechanism is proposed and evaluated as the wireless terminal battery saving algorithm. The second approach is co-channel interference mitigation. To increase the system’s capacity and avoid spectrum scarcity, small cells such as Femtocells are deployed and operate on the same frequency bands as the Macrocell. Although these small nodes increase the system capacity, however, the challenges will be in the femtocells planning and management in addition to the interference issues. Here a dynamic interference cancellation approach is presented to enable the Femtocell to track the allocated resources to the Macro-users, and to avoid using them. The third approach concerns mobility management in heterogeneous networks. The wireless terminal may have different mobility levels during handover which increases the handover failures due to failure in handover commands and aging of the reported parameters. This issue is presented in detail with the aim to avoid performance degradation and improve the reporting mechanisms during fast mobility levels. For this regard the presented method proposes more cooperation between the serving cell and the end-user so that the large amount of overhead and measurement are reduced. Simulations with different configurations are conducted to present the results of the proposed models. Results show that the proposed models bring improvements to the LTE system. The enhanced self-organized architecture in the three presented approaches performs well in terms of power saving, dynamic spectrum utilization by Femtocells, and mitigation of sudden throughput degradation due to the serving cell’s downlink signal outage during mobility.
Supervisor: Cosmas, J. ; Al-Raweshidy, H. Sponsor: Brunel University London
Qualification Name: Thesis (Ph.D.) Qualification Level: Doctoral
EThOS ID:  DOI: Not available
Keywords: Power saving ; Interference co-channel ; Mobiliy HetNet