An information-theoretic view of spectrum leasing via secondary cooperation

Tariq Elkourdi, Osvaldo Simeone

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Spectrum leasing from a primary user to a set of secondary users may be implemented by requiring the secondary nodes to pay back the primary for the leased spectrum via cooperation (relaying). In this paper, this principle is studied from an information-theoretic standpoint by focusing on a scenario with one primary node and multiple secondary nodes, which may act as relays for the primary, communicating to a common receiver. The scenario is modelled as a multirelay channel where each relay (secondary user) has a private message for the destination. Achievable rate regions are derived for discrete memoryless and Gaussian models by considering Decode-and-Forward (DF), with both standard and parity-forwarding techniques, and Compress-and-Forward (CF), along with superposition coding at the secondary nodes. Numerical results for the Gaussian channel confirm that spectrum leasing via secondary cooperation is a promising framework to enable secondary spectrum access.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Title of host publication2010 IEEE International Conference on Communications, ICC 2010
StatePublished - 2010
Event2010 IEEE International Conference on Communications, ICC 2010 - Cape Town, South Africa
Duration: May 23 2010May 27 2010

Publication series

NameIEEE International Conference on Communications
ISSN (Print)0536-1486


Other2010 IEEE International Conference on Communications, ICC 2010
Country/TerritorySouth Africa
CityCape Town

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Computer Networks and Communications
  • Electrical and Electronic Engineering

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