Plane Cover Multiple Access: A New Approach to Maximizing Cellular System Capacity

Paul Blair and George Polyzos
May 28, 2000

We develop the Media Access Control strategy Plane Cover Multiple Access (PCMA) that provides a means of allocating wireless bandwidth in a packet based cellular system. PCMA seeks to maximize the number of parallel transmissions among cells by defining virtual cells in which users transmit using a given reuse factor. By keeping reuse factors low, system throughput can be maximized. We show that the throughput of a simple system designed using PCMA is up to 82% more efficient than the best known alternative.

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