System level 5G evaluation of GFDM waveforms in an LTE-A platform

Ghaith Al-Juboori, Angela Doufexi, Andrew Nix

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5G cellular systems must deliver high data rates, ultralow power consumption and low end-to-end latency. Currently there is considerable interest in the design and performance of new 5G physical layer waveforms. One of the leading candidates is Generalized Frequency Division Multiplexing (GFDM). 5G waveforms are required to support a smooth transition from existing 4G solutions. In this paper the performance of a GFDM waveform is analysed in the context of LTE-A using the 3D 3GPPITU channel model. Results are directly compared with traditional OFDM solutions. Our analysis shows that GFDM achieves comparable Packet Error Rate (PER) and throughput results while introducing additional benefits such as reduced out-of-band radiation which is the key factor for the 5G cognitive applications based on dynamic spectrum access. We conclude that GFDM is a strong candidate for use in future 5G systems.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publication2016 International Symposium on Wireless Communication Systems (ISWCS 2016)
Subtitle of host publicationProceedings of a meeting held 20-23 September 2016, Poznan, Poland
PublisherInstitute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers (IEEE)
Number of pages6
ISBN (Electronic)9781509020614
ISBN (Print)9781509020621
Publication statusPublished - Nov 2016
EventISWCS 2016: Thirteenth International Symposium on Wireless Communications Systems - Poznan, Poland
Duration: 20 Sept 201623 Sept 2016


ConferenceISWCS 2016


  • GFDM
  • OFDM
  • LTE-A


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