Uplink sum-rate analysis of C-RAN with interconnected radio units

Seok Hwan Park, Osvaldo Simeone, Shlomo Shamai

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This study addresses the achievable sum-rate for the uplink of a cloud radio access network (C-RAN) operating in a linear Wyner-type topology, i.e., with partial channel connectivity. In the system, the radio units (RUs) communicate with a central, or cloud, unit (CU) by means of digital finite-capacity fronthaul links. The messages sent by the user equipments (UEs) are jointly decoded by the CU based on the compressed baseband signals received on the fronthaul links. Unlike prior works, each RU is assumed to be also connected to its neighboring RUs via finite-capacity fronthaul links. Under the standard assumption that the RUs do not perform channel decoding (i.e., oblivious RUs), each RU performs in-network processing of the uplink received signal and of the compressed baseband signal received from the adjacent RU, with the CU carrying out channel decoding. A closed-form expression of the achievable sum-rate is derived assuming point-to-point compression, and then analytical expressions are provided for more advanced fronthaul compression schemes that leverage side information. Numerical examples provide insights into the advantages of inter-RU communications and into the performance gap to existing sum-rate upper bounds.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Title of host publication2017 IEEE Information Theory Workshop, ITW 2017
PublisherInstitute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers Inc.
Number of pages5
ISBN (Electronic)9781509030972
StatePublished - Jul 2 2017
Event2017 IEEE Information Theory Workshop, ITW 2017 - Kaohsiung, Taiwan, Province of China
Duration: Nov 6 2017Nov 10 2017

Publication series

NameIEEE International Symposium on Information Theory - Proceedings
ISSN (Print)2157-8095


Other2017 IEEE Information Theory Workshop, ITW 2017
Country/TerritoryTaiwan, Province of China

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Theoretical Computer Science
  • Information Systems
  • Modeling and Simulation
  • Applied Mathematics


  • C-RAN
  • Connected RUs
  • Fronthaul compression
  • Oblivious processing


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