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Evaluating Unicast and MBSFN in Public Safety Networks



Chunmei Liu, Chen Shen, Jack Chuang, Richard A. Rouil, Hyeong-Ah Choi


Public safety incidents typically involve a significant amount of group traffic and have a stringent requirement of connection reliability. Hence multicast could potentially improve network and user performance significantly, which triggered our study on Long-Term Evolution (LTE) Multicast Broadcast Single Frequency Network (MBSFN). In this paper, we first derive a realistic MBSFN Signal-to- Interference-plus-Noise Ratio (SINR) analytical model, with multiple antennas, multipath channel, and equalizer considered. Then through comprehensive system level simulations, we compare MBSFN and unicast in terms of resource efficiency vs throughput, as well as outage probability. We also study the impacts of MBSFN size and quantify the MBSFN SINR improvement due to diversity combining and interference reduction, respectively.
Proceedings Title
IEEE International Symposium on Personal, Indoor and Mobile Radio Communications (PIMRC) 2020
Conference Dates
August 31-September 3, 2020
Conference Location
London, -1


Public safety, LTE, MBSFN, SINR analytical model, outage probability, resource efficiency
Created August 31, 2020, Updated July 20, 2020