Telecommunication Systems

, Volume 1, Issue 1, pp 1–42 | Cite as

Information-theoretic capacity of multi-receiver networks

  • S. V. Hanly
  • P. Whiting


We consider multi-receiver networks with diversity reception from an information-theoretic point of view. In particular, we find their capacity and investigate how the frequency spectrum should be allocated to the users. We conclude that efficient transmission schemes cannot be built based on reuse partitioning and therefore advocate a spread spectrum approach. We also show that differences in received power levels can be exploited to advantage in multi-access coding and suggest that diversity reception should play an important role. Finally, we consider a sequence of random networks (to include mobility and fading) and show that a notion of network capacity emerges as a law of large numbers.


Information theory mobile radio spread spectrum diversity interference cancellation power control network capacity 


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© J.C. Baltzer AG, Science Publishers 1993

Authors and Affiliations

  • S. V. Hanly
    • 1
  • P. Whiting
    • 2
  1. 1.Statistical LaboratoryUniversity of CambridgeCambridgeUK
  2. 2.Department of Electronic and Electrical Engineering, Royal CollegeUniversity of StrathclydeGlasgowUK

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