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An Enhanced Cooperative Communication Scheme for Physical Uplink Shared Channel in NB-IoT

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Narrowband-IoT (NB-IoT) is a standard-based Low Power Wide Area Network technology developed to connect a wide range of new Internet of Things (IoT) devices and services. NB-IoT bandwidth is limited to a single narrow-band of 180 kHz. Although NB-IoT provides low-cost connectivity, it provides channel to large number of smart IoT installed in households, building etc. However, in NB-IoT systems, repeating same signal over additional period of time has been taken as a key technique to enhance radio coverage up to 20 dB compared to the conventional LTE. Performance of NB-IoT system optimization and modeling are still challenging particularly coverage improvement in the case of real applications. For example, the narrow bandwidth in IoT and low energy have led to problematic issues in communication between IoT devices and network station, which results in low transmitter channel quality. Repetition process is used in the paper to enhance coverage and throughput, however in mean time increase the number of repetitions demands high bandwidth. So, an enhanced cooperative relay is used with repetition to reduce the demanded bandwidth. In this paper, we proposed an enhanced repetitions cooperative process of narrowband physical uplink shared channel (NPUSCH). The NPUSCH is transmitted using one or more resource units (RUs) and each of these RUs are repeated up to 128 times to enhance coverage as well as to meet requirement of ultra-low end IoT. The optimum number of repetitions of identical slots for NPUSCH per RUs is calculated and then simulated. In addition, the paper describes the analytical simulation to evaluate the proposed repetition of cooperative process performance for LTE-NPUSCH channel. Results show dramatical enhancement of uplink NB-IoT channel quality where the performance evaluation metrics were BLER, data rate, system throughput, spectral efficiency and transmission delay. The enhanced cooperative communication scheme for NPUSCH transmission channel in NB-IoT is achieved an average 23% enhancement in overall network throughput.

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This research was supported by Taif University Researchers Supporting Project Number (TURSP-2020/216), Taif University, Taif, Saudi Arabia.

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Hassan, M.B., Alsharif, S., Alhumyani, H. et al. An Enhanced Cooperative Communication Scheme for Physical Uplink Shared Channel in NB-IoT. Wireless Pers Commun 120, 2367–2386 (2021).

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