Location-Based MIMO-NOMA: Multiple Access Regions and Low-Complexity User Pairing

Jue Wang, Ye Li, Chen Ji, Qiang Sun, Shi Jin, Tony Q.S. Quek

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In this paper, we investigate the multiple input multiple output (MIMO)-non-orthogonal multiple access (NOMA) transmission with the aid of location information. We first consider two users separated in both the distance and angle domains. With different access distances, NOMA could be used to serve the near-user and the far-user simultaneously, whereas spatial division multiple access (SDMA) would be applied if the two users have largely-separated angles of departure (AOD) that guarantees spatial orthogonality. Comparing the ergodic sum rates of these two multiple access (MA) schemes, we first characterize the preferable MA regions in the angle-distance plane. Analytical expression of the region boundary between NOMA and SDMA is derived. Moreover, NOMA-preferable regions are expressed in terms of the maximum distance difference and the minimum angle difference between the two users, respectively. On basis of these results, we further propose a location-based low-complexity user pairing algorithm for the general multiuser scenario. Numerical results confirm the accuracy of the derived region boundaries, and the simulations show that the proposed user pairing algorithm can effectively improve the resource utilization rate, compared to the conventional MA and user pairing schemes.

Original languageEnglish
Article number8967027
Pages (from-to)2293-2307
Number of pages15
JournalIEEE Transactions on Communications
Issue number4
Publication statusPublished - 2020 Apr

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Electrical and Electronic Engineering

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