Asymptotic spectral efficiency of multicell MIMO systems with frequency-flat fading

Huaiyu Dai, H. Vincent Poor

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In this paper, the spectral efficiency of multiple-input multiple-output (MIMO) systems operating in multicell frequency-flat fading environments is studied for situations in which co-channel interference is the dominant channel impairment instead of ambient noise. The following detectors are analyzed: the joint optimum detector, a group linear minimum-mean-square-error (MMSE) detector and its generalized version, a group MMSE successive interference cancellation detector, and an adaptive multiuser detector, with the focus on their large-system asymptotic (nonrandom) expressions. Analytical and numerical results based on these asymptotic multicell MIMO spectral efficiencies are explored to gain insights into the behavior of interference-limited multicell MIMO systems.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)2976-2988
Number of pages13
JournalIEEE Transactions on Signal Processing
Issue number11
StatePublished - Nov 2003

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Signal Processing
  • Electrical and Electronic Engineering


  • Cellular communications
  • Channel capacity
  • Co-channel interference
  • Large-system asymptotic analysis
  • MIMO systems
  • Multiuser detection
  • Spectral efficiency


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