Dimming-Aware Interference Mitigation for NOMA-Based Multi-Cell VLC Networks

Mahmoud Wafik Eltokhey*, Mohammad Ali Khalighi, Zabih Ghassemlooy

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This letter proposes inter-cell interference mitigation in a dimming-aware way for multi-cell visible-light communication networks, through efficient time-scheduling, scaling, and coordination of non-orthogonal multiple access (NOMA) transmissions at the access points. By this method, users are grouped and served in different time slots depending on whether they are at the center or at the edge of the cell. This reduces the number of NOMA users per time slot, which decreases the network computational complexity, by reducing the average number of successive interference cancellation steps. Comparison of the proposed scheme with the classical NOMA over different dimming constraints shows an improvement of up to 39% and 37% in the average sum-rate and fairness, respectively, for a 30% duty cycle transmission in a 4-cell scenario with 8 users.

Original languageEnglish
Article number9133587
Pages (from-to)2541-2545
Number of pages5
JournalIEEE Communications Letters
Issue number11
Early online date6 Jul 2020
Publication statusPublished - Nov 2020


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