Nonorthogonal multiple access and carrierless amplitude phase modulation for flexible multiuser provisioning in 5G mobile networks

J.A. Altabas, S. Rommel, R. Puerta, D. Izquierdo, J. Ignacio Garces, J. Antonio Lazaro, J.J. Vegas Olmos, I. Tafur Monroy

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In this paper, a combined nonorthogonal multiple access (NOMA) and multiband carrierless amplitude phase modulation (multiCAP) scheme is proposed for capacity enhancement of and flexible resource provisioning in 5G mobile networks. The proposed scheme is experimentally evaluated over a W-band millimeter wave radio-over fiber system. The evaluated NOMA-CAP system consists of six 1.25-GHz multiCAP bands and two NOMA levels with quadrature phase-shift keying and can provide an aggregated transmission rate of 30 Gbit/s. The proposed system can dynamically adapt to different user densities and data rate requirements. Bit error rate performance is evaluated in two scenarios: a low user density scenario where the system capacity is evenly split between two users and a high user density scenario where NOMA and multiCAP are combined to serve up to 12 users with an assigned data rate of 2.5 Gbit/s each. The proposed system demonstrates how NOMA-CAP allows flexible resource provisioning and can adapt data rates depending on user density and requirements.
Original languageEnglish
Article number8063395
Pages (from-to)5456-5463
Number of pages8
JournalJournal of Lightwave Technology
Issue number24
Publication statusPublished - 15 Dec 2017


  • Millimeter-wave communications
  • multi-band carrierless amplitude phase modulation
  • non-orthogonal multiple access
  • radio-over-fiber
  • W-band wireless

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