Converse results for the downlink multicell processing with finite backhaul capacity

Tianyu Yang, Nan Liu, Wei Kang, Shlomo Shamai Shitz

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In this paper, we study outer bounds on the capacity region of the downlink multicell processing model with finite backhaul capacity for the simple case of two base stations and two mobile users. It is modeled as a two-user multiple access diamond channel. It consists of a first hop from the central processor to the base stations via orthogonal links of finite capacity and the second hop from the base stations to the mobile users via a Gaussian interference channel. The outer bound is derived using the converse tools of the multiple access diamond channel and that of the Gaussian MIMO broadcast channel. Through numerical results, it is shown that our outer bound improves upon the existing outer bounds greatly in the medium backhaul capacity range, and as a result, the gap between the outer bounds and the rate of the time-sharing of the known achievable schemes is significantly reduced.

Original languageEnglish
Article number8463567
Pages (from-to)368-379
Number of pages12
JournalIEEE Transactions on Information Theory
Issue number1
StatePublished - Jan 2019


  • MIMO broadcast channel
  • Multi-cell processing
  • converse
  • diamond channel

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Information Systems
  • Computer Science Applications
  • Library and Information Sciences


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