A robust ranging scheme for OFDMA-based networks

Michele Morelli, Luca Sanguinetti, H. Vincent Poor

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Uplink synchronization in orthogonal frequencydivision multiple-access (OFDMA) systems is a challenging task. In IEEE 802.16-based networks, users that intend to establish a communication link with the base station must go through a synchronization procedure called Initial Ranging (IR). Existing IR schemes aim at estimating the timing offsets and power levels of ranging subscriber stations (RSSs) without considering possible frequency misalignments between the received uplink signals and the base station local reference. In this work, a novel IR scheme is presented for OFDMA systems where carrier frequency offsets, timing errors and power levels are estimated for all RSSs in a decoupled fashion. The proposed frequency estimator is based on a subspace decomposition approach, while timing recovery is accomplished by measuring the phase shift between the users' channel responses over adjacent subcarriers. Computer simulations are employed to assess the effectiveness of the proposed solution and to make comparisons with existing alternatives.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)2441-2452
Number of pages12
JournalIEEE Transactions on Communications
Issue number8
StatePublished - 2009

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Electrical and Electronic Engineering


  • Power estimation
  • Ranging process
  • Timing and frequency synchronization


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