Adaptive subcarrier allocation and bit loading for voice/data transmission in multiuser OFDM systems

Hua Zhang, Guoan Bi, Liren Zhang

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A new algorithm of adaptive subcarrier allocation and bit loading (A-SABL) is proposed for simultaneous voice and data transmission in multiuser OFDM systems. The algorithm takes advantage of the frequency diversity and the voice/data transmission requirements to dynamically assign the number of subcarriers and bits/per symbol on each subcarrier for each user in a single cell. Due to the strict delay requirement of voice service, the subcarriers with low channel gains are assigned for voice transmission with a small number of bits per symbol to guarantee its required bit-error-rate (BER) and transmission rate. Based on the remaining subcarriers with high channel gains and the transmission power, the throughput of data transmission is then maximized by loading as many bits as possible on each subcarrier to achieve the required transmission bit rate and BER. Theoretical analysis and simulation on the proposed algorithm show that a better performance is obtained than previously reported schemes.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)894-908
Number of pages15
JournalWireless Communications and Mobile Computing
Issue number7
Publication statusPublished - Jul 2009
Externally publishedYes


  • Adaptive subcarrier allocation
  • Bit loading
  • OFDM
  • Simultaneous voice and data transmission

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Information Systems
  • Computer Networks and Communications
  • Electrical and Electronic Engineering


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