Performance Analysis of PLC over Fading Channels with Colored Nakagami-m Background Noise

Yun Ai, Tomoaki Ohtsuki, Michael Cheffena

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Power line communication (PLC) is an emerging technology for the realization of smart grid and home automation. It utilizes existing power line infrastructure for data communication in addition to the transmission of power. The PLC channel behaves significantly different from the wireless channel; and it is characterized by signal attenuation as well as by additive noise and multiplicative noise effects. The additive noise consists of background noise and impulsive noise; while the multiplicative noise results in fading of the received signal power. This paper focuses on the impact of the PLC channel characteristics on the outage and BER performance of a PLC system over Rayleigh fading channel with frequency- distance dependent attenuation and colored Nakagami-m distributed additive noise. We derive the exact closed-form expressions for the distribution of the instantaneous signal-to-noise ratio (SNR) and show the detector based the maximum Likelihood (ML) criterion as well as a simple but effecient suboptimal detector. Monte Carlo simulation results are used to verify the derived analytical expressions.

Original languageEnglish
Title of host publication2017 IEEE 85th Vehicular Technology Conference, VTC Spring 2017 - Proceedings
PublisherInstitute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers Inc.
ISBN (Electronic)9781509059324
Publication statusPublished - 2017 Nov 14
Event85th IEEE Vehicular Technology Conference, VTC Spring 2017 - Sydney, Australia
Duration: 2017 Jun 42017 Jun 7

Publication series

NameIEEE Vehicular Technology Conference
ISSN (Print)1550-2252


Other85th IEEE Vehicular Technology Conference, VTC Spring 2017

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Computer Science Applications
  • Electrical and Electronic Engineering
  • Applied Mathematics


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