Resource Allocation with Partitioning Criterion for Macro-Femto Overlay Cellular Networks with Fractional Frequency Reuse

Chang-Yeong Oh, Min Young Chung, Hyunseung Choo, and Tae-Jin Lee

Wireless Personal Communications, vol. 68, no. 2, pp. 417-432, Nov. 2011 (Online) (SCI, IF: 0.458)


The interference mitigation technique based on fractional frequency reuse (FFR) provides improved cell-edge performance with similar overall cell capacity as that of systems with the frequency reuse factor of one. Furthermore, frequency sub-band allocation by FFR has the benefit of allowing flexibility for the deployment of femto-cells through frequency partitioning. Determination of a proper frequency partitioning criterion between the cell-center and the cell-edge, and between the cells with femto-cells is an important issue. In addition, time resource partitioning introduces another degree of freedom to the design of time-frequency resource allocation. In this paper, we propose a novel time-frequency resource allocation mechanism using FFR for a macro-femto overlay cellular network. Feasible frequency sub-band and time resource is allocated to the cell-center and the cell-edge region in a cell by the proposed partitioning criterion and the time partitioning ratio. We provide a guideline for how to determine the partitioning criterion for the regions and how to design the amount of time resource. We derive the average capacity of macro-cells and femto-cells, and introduce a new harmonic mean metric to maximize the average capacity of the regions while achieving the fairness among users in a cell.



Capacity, Femto-cell, Frequency planning, Fractical frequency reuse(FFR), Orthogonal frequency division multiplexing(OFDM), Resource allocation


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