Asynchronous Downlink Massive MIMO Networks: A Stochastic Geometry Approach [article]

Elahe Sadeghabadi, Seyed Mohammad Azimi-Abarghouyi, Behrooz Makki, Masoumeh Nasiri-Kenari
<span title="2018-06-08">2018</span> <i > arXiv </i> &nbsp; <span class="release-stage" >pre-print</span>
Massive multiple-input multiple-output (MIMO) is recognized as a promising technology for the next generation of wireless networks because of its potential to increase the spectral efficiency. In initial studies of massive MIMO, the system has been considered to be perfectly synchronized throughout the entire cells. However, perfect synchronization may be hard to attain in practice. Therefore, we study a massive MIMO system whose cells are not synchronous to each other, while transmissions in a
more &raquo; ... cell are still synchronous. We analyze an asynchronous downlink massive MIMO system in terms of the coverage probability and the ergodic rate by means of the stochastic geometry tool. For comparison, we also obtain the results for the synchronous systems. In addition, we investigate the effect of the uplink power control and the number of pilot symbols on the downlink ergodic rate, and we observe that there is an optimal value for the number of pilot symbols maximizing the downlink ergodic rate of a cell. Our results also indicate that, compared to the cases with synchronous transmission, the downlink ergodic rate is more sensitive to the uplink power control in the asynchronous mode.
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