A Fair Power Allocation for Non-Orthogonal Multiple Access in the Power Domain


1 Federal University of Campina Grande (PPgEE/COPELE), Campina Grande, Brazil

2 Institute for Advanced Studies in Communications (Iecom), Campina Grande, Brazil

3 Federal University of Recôncavo da Bahia, Cruz das Almas, Brazil

4 Federal University of Bahia (PPgEE), Salvador, Brazil



This paper presents an investigation on the performance of the Non-Orthogonal Multiple Access (NOMA) in the power domain scheme. A Power Allocation (PA) method is proposed from NOMA throughput expression analysis. This method aims to provide fair opportunities for users to improve their performance. Thus, NOMA users can achieve rates higher than, or equal to, the rates obtained with the conventional Orthogonal Multiple Access (OMA) in the frequency domain schemes. The proposed method is evaluated and compared with others PA techniques by computer system level simulations. The results obtained indicate that the proposed method increases the average cell spectral efficiency and
maintains a good fairness level with regard to the resource allocation among the users within a cell.