Coverage Performance of MIMO-MRC in Heterogeneous Networks: A Stochastic Geometry Perspective
2016 IEEE 84th Vehicular Technology Conference (VTC-Fall)
We study the coverage performance of multiantenna (MIMO) communications with maximum ratio combining (MRC) at the receiver in heterogeneous networks (HetNets). Our main interest in on multi-stream communications when BSs do not have access to channel state information. Adopting stochastic geometry we evaluate the network-wise coverage performance of MIMO-MRC assuming maximum signal-tointerference ratio (SIR) cell association rule. Coverage analysis in MIMO-MRC HetNets is challenging due to
... lenging due to inter-stream interference and statistical dependencies among streams' SIR values in each communication link. Using the results of stochastic geometry we then investigate this problem and obtain tractable analytical approximations for the coverage performance. We then show that our results are adequately accurate and easily computable. Our analysis sheds light on the impacts of important system parameters on the coverage performance, and provides quantitative insight on the densification in conjunction with high multiplexing gains in MIMO HetNets. We further observe that increasing multiplexing gain in high-power tier can cost a huge coverage reduction unless it is practiced with densification in femto-cell tier.