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Adaptive Power Control in CDMA Cellular Communication Systems

Matti Rintamäki

Dissertation for the degree of Doctor of Science in Technology to be presented with due permission of the Department of Electrical and Communications Engineering for public examination and debate in Auditorium S4 at Helsinki University of Technology (Espoo, Finland) on the 18th of November, 2005, at 12 o'clock noon.

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Power control is an essential radio resource management method in CDMA cellular communication systems, where co-channel interference is the primary capacity-limiting factor. Power control aims to control the transmission power levels in such a way that acceptable quality of service for the users is guaranteed with lowest possible transmission powers. All users benefit from the minimized interference and the preserved signal qualities.

In this thesis new closed loop power control algorithms for CDMA cellular communication systems are proposed. To cope with the random changes of the radio channel and interference, adaptive algorithms are considered that utilize ideas from self-tuning control systems. The inherent loop delay associated with closed loop power control can be included in the design process, and thus alleviated with the proposed methods. Another problem in closed-loop power control is that extensive control signaling consumes radio resources, and thus the control feedback bandwidth must be limited. A new approach to enhance the performance of closed-loop power control in limited-feedback-case is presented, and power control algorithms based on the new approach are proposed.

The performances of the proposed algorithms are evaluated through both analysis and computer simulations, and compared with well-known algorithms from the literature. The results indicate that significant performance improvements are achievable with the proposed algorithms.

Keywords: CDMA, power control, adaptive control, self-tuning control, radio resource management

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