Performance evaluation of multi-hop relaying over non-gaussian PLC channels

Khaled M. Rabie, Bamidele Adebisi, Haris Gacanin, Galymzhan Nauryzbayev, Augustine Ikpehai

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Relaying over power line communication (PLC) channels can considerably enhance the performance and reliability of PLC systems. This paper is dedicated to study and analyze the energy efficiency of multi-hop cooperative relaying PLC systems. Incremental decode-and-forward (IDF) relying is exploited to reduce the transmit power consumption. The PLC channel is assumed to experience log-normal fading with impulsive noise. The performances of single-hop and conventional DF relaying systems are also analyzed in terms of outage probability and energy efficiency for which analytical expressions are derived. Results show that using more relays can improve the outage probability performance; however, this is achieved at the expense of increased power consumption due to the increased static power of the relays, especially when the total source-to-destination distance is relatively small. Results also demonstrate that the IDF PLC system has better energy efficiency performance compared to the other schemes.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)531 - 538
Number of pages8
JournalJournal of Communications and Networks
Issue number5
Publication statusPublished - Oct 2017


  • Decode-and-forward (DF)
  • energy efficiency
  • impulsive noise
  • incremental DF
  • log-normal fading
  • multi-hop relaying
  • outage probability
  • Power line communication (PLC)

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