Wireless Personal Communications

, Volume 53, Issue 3, pp 349–364 | Cite as

Cooperative Communications in Future Home Networks

  • Zülküf Genç
  • Umar H. Rizvi
  • Ertan Onur
  • Ignas Niemegeers
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The basic idea behind cooperative communications is that mobile terminals collaborate to send data to each other. This effectively adds diversity in the system and improves the overall performance. In this paper, we investigate the potential gains of cooperative communication in future home networks. We derive analytical expressions for the error probability of binary phase shift keying (BPSK) signals over Nakagami-m fading channels in a multi relay communication network. Following to the analytical study, we analyze the contribution of cooperative relaying to the 60GHz network connectivity through simulations using a realistic indoor environment model. We compare the performance of different relay configurations under variable obstacle densities. We show that a typical 60GHz indoor network should employ either a multi-relay configuration or a single-relay configuration with a smart relay selection mechanism to achieve acceptable outage rates. In the use of multiple-relay configuration, both analytical and simulation studies indicate that increasing the number of cooperative relays does not improve the system performance significantly after a certain threshold.


60GHz Connectivity Cooperative Future home networks Indoor Millimeter-wave Multiple relay Relay Single relay 



This research was carried out in the “Future home network” and SiGi Spot projects in IOP GenCom program funded by the Dutch Ministry of Economic Affairs.

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Authors and Affiliations

  • Zülküf Genç
    • 1
  • Umar H. Rizvi
    • 1
  • Ertan Onur
    • 1
  • Ignas Niemegeers
    • 1
  1. 1.Wireless and Mobile Communications GroupDelft University of TechnologyDelftThe Netherlands

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