4G LTE AND TELEMETRY INTERFERENCE ANALYSIS ON A FLEXIBLE SOFTWARE-DEFINED RADIO TESTBED PLATFORM
AffiliationUniversity of Texas at El Paso, Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering
U.S. Army Test and Evaluation Command White Sands Missile Range
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AbstractWith the upcoming AWS auctions by the FCC, the shared radio frequency spectrum is to be impacted in a way that its current users will have to maintain their operations with a reduced amount of spectrum. Mainly focusing on the L, S, and the lower C-bands, the 4G LTE and the White Sands Missile Range telemetry systems will be the primary affected users. With the implementation of a flexible software-defined radio testbed, it is possible to simulate both communication systems to qualify and quantify their behavior, while studying the interference between systems. The testbed allows the implementation of both systems with adjustable parameters with the purpose of mitigating interference and to produce a set of rules to obtain a clean telemetry signal and to reduce LTE interference, and vice-versa. The flexibility of this testbed is reflected in its ability to change the modulation types, power levels, frequency bands, and the ability to transmit in a closed-loop or wireless environment.