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Clustered Jamming in Aerial HetNets with Decoupled Access

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<mark>Journal publication date</mark>4/08/2020
<mark>Journal</mark>IEEE Access
Number of pages11
Pages (from-to)142218 - 142228
Publication StatusPublished
<mark>Original language</mark>English


The tremendous increase in wireless connectivity demand will result in the degradation of the service quality and the scarcity of network capacity and coverage in the beyond 5 th generation era. To ensure reliable connectivity and enhance the network’s performance, the evolution of heterogeneous networks (HetNets) must incorporate aerial platforms in addition to traditional terrestrial base stations. The performance of Aerial-HetNets (A-HetNets) is largely dependent on the users’ association. The conventional user-association scheme based on downlink received power provides sub-optimal performance for the edge users. For this reason, decoupled user-association along with the reverse frequency allocation (RFA) strategy has been employed in A-HetNets. The performance of A-HetNets is also affected if wide-band jammers (WBJs) are present in the vicinity and impose jamming interference. In this paper, a two-tier A-HetNet with RFA and decoupled access is analyzed in the presence of jamming interference. The obtained results show that for a signal-to-interference ratio threshold of −20 dBm, the percentage decrease in the coverage probability of the decoupled access due to WBJ activity is up to 7.4%, 13.5%, and 19.7%, for the average number of WBJs equal to 2, 4, and 6, respectively. The performance of the decoupled access in A-HetNets is further decreased by increasing the transmit power of the WBJs while it is increased by increasing the radius of the WBJ’s cluster.