|Optimality of Treating Inter-Cell Interference as Noise Under Finite Precision CSIT
|Hamdi Joudeh, Giuseppe Caire, Technische Universität Berlin, Germany
|W.1: Cellular Networks
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|In this work, we study the generalized degrees-of-freedom (GDoF) of downlink and uplink cellular networks, modeled as Gaussian interfering broadcast channels (IBC) and Gaussian interfering multiple access channels (IMAC), respectively. We focus on regimes of low inter-cell interference, where single-cell transmission with power control and treating inter-cell interference as noise (mc-TIN) is GDoF optimal. Recent works have identified two relevant regimes in this context: one in which the GDoF region achieved through mc-TIN for both the IBC and IMAC is a convex polyhedron without the need for time-sharing (mc-CTIN regime), and a smaller (sub)regime where mc-TIN is GDoF optimal for both the IBC and IMAC (mc-TIN regime). In this work, we extend the mc-TIN framework to cellular scenarios where channel state information at the transmitters (CSIT) is limited to finite precision. We show that in this case, the GDoF optimality of mc-TIN extends to the entire mc-CTIN regime, where GDoF benefits due to interference alignment (IA) are lost. Our result constitutes yet another successful application of robust outer bounds based on the aligned images (AI) approach.