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3G Evolution, 2nd Edition by Per Beming, Johan Skold, Stefan Parkvall, Erik Dahlman

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Chapter 7. Scheduling, Link Adaptation and Hybrids ARQ

One key characteristic of mobile radio communication is the typically rapid and significant variations in the instantaneous channel conditions. There are several reasons for these variations. Frequency-selective fading will result in rapid and random variations in the channel attenuation. Shadow fading and distance-dependent path loss will also affect the average received signal strength significantly. Finally, the interference at the receiver due to transmissions in other cells and by other terminals will also impact the interference level. Hence, to summarize, there will be rapid, and to some extent random, variations in the experienced quality of each radio link in a cell, variations that ...

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