Performance analysis of interference measurement methods for link adaptation in 5G New Radio
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5G New Radio (NR) is coming faster than expected with early deployments which take place early 2019. It is more than a new mobile generation that offers higher data rates compared to previous generations, although it’s still the main driver. It will enable many new use cases and deployment scenarios that can be put into three main categories: enhanced mobile broad band (eMBB), ultra-reliable low latency communications (URLLC) and massive machine type communications (mMTC). 5G NR aims to further increase frequency resources utilization and efficiency. Cell edge users usually suffer from high levels of interference known as inter-cell interference. This phenomenon results in lower performance for the cell edge users and inefficient utilization of radio resources. Link adaptation techniques aim to increase cell edge performance by exploiting varying channel conditions and interference level at user equipment (UE). In this thesis channel state information (CSI) is studied as an essential part of link adaptation process. Channel quality indicator (CQI) is the main component of CSI reports from UE that gives recommendations about the next transmission modulation order and code rate. The accuracy of reported CQI depends on the accuracy of channel and interference measurements. In this thesis two different interference measurement methods based on two reference signals are studied: CSI interference measurement (CSI-IM) and non-zero power CSI reference signal (NZP CSI-RS). In this thesis performance with different configurable factors, different channel models and UE speeds are considered. Overall system overhead is also studied to give recommendation about the configuration of lower system overhead. Simulation results has shown that CSI-IM based interference measurement is more efficient compared to NZP CSI-RS method and operates well in different channel scenarios and different UE speed. While NZP CS-RS shows sensitivity to frequency selective channels and in higher user mobility cases. On the other hand, from overall system overhead perspective, CSI-IM based configuration is the best solution.