Performance comparison of small cell and distributed antenna systems for in-building mobile communications

Temitope Alade, Qasim Zeeshan Ahmed

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To bring fifth generation (5G) mobile communication capabilities to indoor users, small cells and distributed antenna systems are two promising technologies being considered. This paper investigates and compares the performance of indoor deployed small cell base station (SBS) and indoor distributed antenna systems (DAS) in an isolated multi-storey building. Each floor of the building is equipped with either an indoor SBS or an indoor DAS where geographically distributed remote radio heads (RRHs) are connected to a central unit (CU), and frequency reuse is employed among floors. Signal propagation characteristics within multi-storey buildings and the impact of inter floor interference on performance is analysed and compared for both systems. The effect of different reuse distances, pathloss exponents, penetration loss and co-channel interference on achievable rate is analysed over a wide range of potential mobile equipment (ME) locations.

Original languageEnglish
Title of host publication2019 IEEE 89th Vehicular Technology Conference, VTC Spring 2019 - Proceedings
PublisherThe Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers (IEEE)
ISBN (Electronic)9781728112176
Publication statusPublished - Apr 2019
Event89th IEEE Vehicular Technology Conference, VTC Spring 2019 - Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia
Duration: 28 Apr 20191 May 2019

Publication series

NameIEEE Vehicular Technology Conference
ISSN (Print)1550-2252


Conference89th IEEE Vehicular Technology Conference, VTC Spring 2019
CityKuala Lumpur


  • Cellular
  • Drive test
  • Ground truth
  • Live network
  • LTE
  • Measurement
  • Mobile
  • Repeatability
  • Resource block
  • Throughput

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