October 20, 2016

Ultra-reliable communications in failure-prone realistic networks

  • Lauridsen M.
  • Mogensen P.
  • Pedersen K.
  • Pocovi G.
  • Soret B.

We investigate the potential of different diversity and interference management techniques to achieve the required downlink SINR outage probability for ultra-reliable communications. The evaluation is performed in a realistic network deployment based on site-specific data from a European capital. Micro and macroscopic diversity techniques are proved to be important enablers of ultra-reliable communications. Particularly, it is shown how a 4a MIMO scheme with three orders of macroscopic diversity can achieve the required SINR outage performance. Smaller gains are obtained from interference cancellation, since this technique does not increase the diversity order of the desired signal. In addition, failures or malfunction of the cellular infrastructure are analysed. Among different types of failures evaluated, results show that failures spanning over large geographical areas can have a significant negative performance impact when attempting to support high reliability use cases.

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