Uplink performance analysis of a drone cell in a random field of ground interferers

Mohammad Mahdi Azari, Fernando Rosas, Alessandro Chiumento, Amir Ligata, Sofie Pollin

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Aerial base stations are a promising technology to increase the capabilities of existing communication networks. However, existing analytical frameworks do not sufficiently characterize the impact of ground interferers on aerial base stations. In order to address this issue, we model the effect of interference coming from coexisting ground networks on the aerial link, which could be the uplink of an aerial cell served by a drone base station. By considering a Poisson field of ground interferers, we characterize aggregate interference experienced by the drone. This result includes the effect of drone antenna pattern, the height-dependent shadowing, and various types of environment. We show that benefits a drone obtains from a better line-of-sight (LoS) at high altitudes is counteracted by a high vulnerability to the interference coming from ground. However, by deriving link coverage probability and transmission rate we show that a drone base station is still a promising technology if the overall system is properly dimensioned according to given density and transmission power of interferers. Particularly, our results illustrate how benefits of such network is maximized by defining the optimal drone altitude and signal-to-interference (SIR) requirement.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publication2018 IEEE Wireless Communications and Networking Conference (WCNC)
Number of pages6
ISBN (Electronic)978-1-5386-1734-2
Publication statusPublished - 2018
Externally publishedYes
EventIEEE Wireless Communications and Networking Conference, WCNC 2018 - Barcelona, Spain
Duration: 15 Apr 201818 Apr 2018


ConferenceIEEE Wireless Communications and Networking Conference, WCNC 2018
Abbreviated titleWCNC 2018


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