Broadcast channels with cooperating decoders

Ron Dabora, Sergio D. Servetto

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We consider the problem of communicating over the general discrete memoryless broadcast channel (DMBC) with partially cooperating receivers. In our setup, receivers are able to exchange messages over noiseless conference links of finite capacities, prior to decoding the messages sent from the transmitter. In this paper, we formulate the general problem of broadcast with cooperation. We first find the capacity region for the case where the BC is physically degraded. Then, we give achievability results for the general broadcast channel, for both the two independent messages case and the single common message case.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)5438-5454
Number of pages17
JournalIEEE Transactions on Information Theory
Issue number12
StatePublished - 1 Dec 2006
Externally publishedYes


  • Broadcast channels
  • Channel capacity
  • Cooperative broadcast
  • Network information theory
  • Relay channels

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Information Systems
  • Computer Science Applications
  • Library and Information Sciences


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