A power control game based on outage probabilities for multicell wireless data networks

Tansu Alpcan, Tamer Başar, Subhrakanti Dey

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We present a game-theoretic treatment of distributed power control in CDMA wireless systems using outage probabilities. We first prove that the noncooperative power control game considered admits a unique Nash equilibrium (NE) for uniformly strictly convex pricing functions and under some technical assumptions on the SIR threshold levels. We then analyze global convergence of continuous-time as well as discrete-time synchronous and asynchronous iterative power update algorithms to the unique NE of the game. Furthermore, we show that a stochastic version of the discrete-time update scheme, which models the uncertainty due to quantization and estimation errors, converges almost surely to the unique NE point. We finally investigate and demonstrate the convergence and robustness properties of these update schemes through simulation studies.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)890-899
Number of pages10
JournalIEEE Transactions on Wireless Communications
Issue number4
StatePublished - Apr 2006


  • Code division multiaccess
  • Communication systems
  • Game theory
  • Power control
  • Resource management
  • Stochastic systems

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Computer Science Applications
  • Electrical and Electronic Engineering
  • Applied Mathematics


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