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A Multicarrier Multiplexing Method for Very Wide Bandwidth Transmission

EURASIP Journal on Wireless Communications and Networking20062006:064253

Received: 28 February 2005

Accepted: 19 January 2006

Published: 23 March 2006


The multicarrier orthogonal code division multiplexing (MC-OCDM) introduced here has been designed for very wide bandwidth (VWB) point-to-point and point-to-multipoint transmission. In order to meet VWB transmission requirements, the MC-OCDM design has two components, the basic and the composite. The basic MC-OCDM is a generalized form of the standard orthogonal frequency division multiplexing (OFDM). It has the property of distributing the power of each transmitted symbol into all subcarrier frequencies. Each subcarrier will then carry all transmitted symbols which are distinguished by orthogonal Hadamard sequences. The resulting system is shown to improve the performance of OFDM by introducing frequency and time diversity. As shown, by both analysis and simulation, the basic MC-OCDM combats the effects of narrowband interference (NBI). In particular, the simulation results show that the BER performance of the basic MC-OCDM in the presence of NBI is better than OFDM for both coded and uncoded systems. Furthermore, the composite MC-OCDM is a method of orthogonal frequency division multiplexing (OFDM) basic MC-OCDM channels. This allows us to multiplex more than one basic MC-OCDM channel into a VWB transmission system which can have the performance and spectral efficiency required in fixed wireless transmission environments.


  • Time Diversity
  • Orthogonal Frequency Division Multiplex
  • System Application
  • Transmission System
  • Spectral Efficiency


Authors’ Affiliations

General Dynamics, Advanced Information Systems, Bloomington, USA
Department of Technology Education and Digital Systems, University of Piraeus, Piraeus, Greece


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© D. Gerakoulis and G. Efthymoglou 2006

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