Channel capacity of MC-CDMA and impact of residual ICI

Koichi Adachi, Fumiyuki Adachi, Masao Nakagawa

    Research output: Contribution to journalArticlepeer-review


    Orthogonal frequency division multiplexing (OFDM), which uses a number of narrowband orthogonal sub-carriers, is a promising transmission technique. Also multi-carrier code division multi-access (MC-CDMA), which combines OFDM and frequency-domain spreading, has been attracting much attention as a future broadband wireless access. It was shown that MC-CDMA has lower channel capacity than OFDM, due to inter-code interference (ICI) resulting from orthogonality distortion caused by frequency-selective fading. Recently, many ICI cancellers have been proposed to mitigate the effect of ICI. In this paper, we derive a channel capacity expression for MC-CDMA assuming perfect ICI cancellation taking into account both frequency diversity gain and space diversity gain and compare it to that of OFDM. Furthermore, we derive a channel capacity expression for the case of imperfect ICI cancellation to discuss the impact of the residual ICI.

    Original languageEnglish
    Pages (from-to)219-227
    Number of pages9
    JournalIEICE Transactions on Communications
    Issue number1
    Publication statusPublished - 2009


    • Channel capacity
    • ICI cancellation
    • MC-CDMA
    • Theoretical study

    ASJC Scopus subject areas

    • Software
    • Computer Networks and Communications
    • Electrical and Electronic Engineering


    Dive into the research topics of 'Channel capacity of MC-CDMA and impact of residual ICI'. Together they form a unique fingerprint.

    Cite this