Favorable propagation and linear multiuser detection for distributed antenna systems

Gholami, Roya; Cottatellucci, Laura; Slock, Dirk TM
ICASSP 2020, IEEE International Conference on Acoustics, Speech and Signal Processing, 4-8 May 2020, Barcelona, Spain

Cell-free MIMO, employing distributed antenna systems (DAS), is a promising approach to deal with the capacity crunch of next generation wireless communications. In this paper, we consider a wireless network with transmit and receive antennas distributed according to homogeneous point processes. The received signals are jointly processed at a central processing unit. We study if the favorable propagation properties, which enable almost optimal low complexity detection via matched filtering in massive MIMO systems, hold for DAS with line of sight (LoS) channels and general attenuation exponent. Making use of Euclidean random matrices (ERM) and their moments, we show that the analytical conditions for favorable propagation are not satisfied. Hence, we propose multistage detectors, of which the matched filter represents the initial stage. We show that polynomial expansion detectors and multistage Wiener filters coincide in DAS and substantially outperform matched filtering. Simulation results are presented which validate the analytical results.

Communication systems
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