Relay-Aided NOMA in Uplink Cellular Networks

Wonjae Shin, Heecheol Yang, Mojtaba Vaezi, Jungwoo Lee, H. Vincent Poor

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A new relay-aided non-orthogonal multiple access (NOMA) technique is proposed for multi-cell uplink cellular networks in which each cell supports K single-antenna users by its respective base station (BS) equipped with N (<< K) antennas. Cooperative relaying transmission is used to accommodate more than one user per orthogonal resource block in the context of interference-limited cellular networks. With the proposed relay-aided NOMA, an Alamouti structure of the desired symbol can further be generated at each BS free of interference, which gives rise to diversity gain of two. The proposed scheme does not require any channel state information (CSI) at users. Further, only limited CSI is required at relays and BSs, which can greatly reduce the control overhead.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Article number8047970
Pages (from-to)1842-1846
Number of pages5
JournalIEEE Signal Processing Letters
Issue number12
StatePublished - Dec 2017

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Signal Processing
  • Electrical and Electronic Engineering
  • Applied Mathematics


  • Non-orthogonal multiple access (NOMA)
  • relay


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