The past two decades have witnessed a phenomenal paradigm shift in the design methodology, and substantial improvement in the performance of mobile broadband wireless access technologies. With the increasing consumer demand for diverse wireless multimedia and data applications, and mobile Internet, improved quality and increasing capacity of the wireless networks have become a priority for the standards development organizations such as 3GPP. 3GPP started the development of the evolved packet system in late 2004, which subsequently resulted in specification and standardization of a new OFDM-based radio access network and an IP-based core network in 3GPP Rel-8, which was further enhanced in the subsequent releases. LTE Rel-10 (i.e., ...

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