Precoding in multibeam satellite communications: present and future challenges
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Whenever multibeam satellite systems target very aggressive frequency reuse in their coverage area, inter-beam interference becomes the major obstacle for increasing the overall system throughput. As a matter of fact, users located at the beam edges suffer from very large interference for even a moderately aggressive planning of reuse-2. Although solutions for inter-beam interference management have been investigated at the satellite terminal, it turns out that the performance improvement does not justify the increased terminal complexity and cost. In this article, we pay attention to interference mitigation techniques that take place at the transmitter (i.e., the gateway). Based on this understanding, we provide our vision on advanced precoding techniques and user clustering methods for multibeam broadband fixed satellite communications. We also discuss practical challenges to deploy precoding schemes and the support introduced in the recently published DVB-S2X standard. Future challenges for novel configurations employing precoding are also provided.
CitationVazquez, M., Perez, A., Christopoulos, D., Chatzinotas, S., Ottersten, B., Arapoglou, P., Ginesi, A., Tarocco, G. Precoding in multibeam satellite communications: present and future challenges. "IEEE Wireless communications", 1 Desembre 2016, vol. 23, núm. 6, p. 88-95.