On the capacity of MIMO broadband power line communications channels

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Communications over power lines in the frequency range above 2 MHz, commonly referred to as broadband (BB) power line communications (PLC), has been the focus of increasing research attention and standardization efforts in recent years. BB-PLC channels are characterized by a dominant colored non-Gaussian additive noise, as well as by periodic variations of the channel impulse response and of the noise statistics. In this paper, we study the fundamental rate limits for BB-PLC channels by bounding their capacity while accounting for the unique properties of these channels. We obtain explicit expressions for the derived bounds for several BB-PLC noise models, and illustrate the resulting fundamental limits in a numerical analysis.

Original languageEnglish
Article number8357898
Pages (from-to)4795-4810
Number of pages16
JournalIEEE Transactions on Communications
Issue number10
StatePublished - 1 Oct 2018


  • MIMO systems
  • Power line communications
  • channel capacity

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Electrical and Electronic Engineering


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