Performance Investigation of NOMA versus OMA Techniques for mmWave Massive MIMO Communications

Joydev Ghosh, Vishal Sharma, Hüseyin Haci, Saurabh Singh, In-Ho Ra

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Abstract

The fifth-generation (5G) of cellular technology is currently being deployed over the world. In the next decade of mobile networks, beyond 5G (B5G) cellular networks with the under-development advanced technology enablers are expected to be a fully developed system that could offer tremendous opportunities for both enterprises and society at large. B5G in more ambitious scenarios will be capable to facilitate much-improved performance with the significant upgrade of the key parameters such as massive connectivity, ultra-reliable and low latency (URLL), spectral efficiency (SE) and energy efficiency (EE). Equipping non-orthogonal multiple access (NOMA) with other key drivers will help to explore systems’ applicability to cover a wide variety of applications to forge a path for future networks. NOMA empowers the networks with seamless connectivity and can provide a secure transmission strategy for the industrial internet of things (IIoT) anywhere and anytime. Despite being a promising candidate for B5G networks a comprehensive study that covers operating principles, fundamental features and technological feasibility of NOMA at mmWave massive MIMO communications is not available. To address this, a simulation-based comparative study betweenNOMA and orthogonal multiple access (OMA) techniques formmWave massive multiple-input and multiple-output (MIMO) communications is presented with performance discussions and identifying technology gaps. Throughout the paper, aspects of operating principles, fundamental features and technological feasibility of NOMA are discussed. Also, it is demonstrated that NOMA not only has good adaptability but also can outperform other OMA techniques for mmWave massive MIMO communications. Some foreseeable challenges and future directions on applying NOMA to B5G networks are also provided.
Original languageEnglish
Number of pages9
JournalIEEE Access
Early online date03 Aug 2021
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Publication statusEarly online date - 03 Aug 2021

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