Secrecy Rate Beamforming for Multicell Networks with Information and Energy Harvesting

Ali Arshad Nasir, Hoang Duong Tuan, Trung Q. Duong, H. Vincent Poor

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Considering a multicell network for the secure wireless information and power transfer, this paper studies the joint design of transmit beamformers at the base stations (BSs) and receive signal splitting ratios at the end users' equipment (UE). The primary concern in this work is the network internal security, where there may be a single multiantenna eavesdropper or there is a risk that any near user may accidentally eavesdrop on the received signal of any far user. The objective is to maximize the minimum secrecy user rate under BS transmit power and UE minimum harvested energy constraints. New path-following algorithms are proposed for computational solutions of these difficult nonconvex optimization problems. Each iteration involves one simple convex quadratic program. Numerical results confirm that the proposed algorithms converge quickly after few iterations having a low computational complexity.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Article number7707465
Pages (from-to)677-689
Number of pages13
JournalIEEE Transactions on Signal Processing
Issue number3
StatePublished - Feb 1 2017

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Signal Processing
  • Electrical and Electronic Engineering


  • Secure communication
  • Transmit beamforming
  • energy harvesting
  • nonconvex programming
  • secrecy rate
  • signal splitting
  • wireless information and power transfer


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