Radio Frequency Interference in DSL and Capacity Reduction

The issue of radio frequency interference in Digital Subscriber Line (DSL) networks is of particular concern in urban areas with many strong radio sources nearby. Prior work by Harris et al showed drastic decreases in DSL link capacity with a narrowband AM interferer. The purpose of this thesis was to investigate in more detail the mechanisms underlying the capacity reduction observed by Harris. In this thesis, an ADSL system, channel, and radio frequency interference noise were simulated in MATLAB. The capacity reduction due to different RF ingress conditions was studied. It was found that a narrowband interferer does not cause a drastic decrease in capacity if time and frequency domain equalizers are employed in the receiver. Contrary to Harris?s suggestions that spectral spreading of the interferer is the primary cause of capacity reduction, it is shown in this thesis that such spreading is a secondary effect and that the unequalized channel is the predominant source of capacity reduction.

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