Improving channel utilization via cooperative spectrum sensing with opportunistic feedback in cognitive radio networks

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As the number of sensing nodes increases, cooperative spectrum sensing increases the detection probability of primary users at the cost of increased bandwidth of feedback channels. However, the excess feedback overhead of reporting sensing results may degrade the channel utilization of cognitive radio networks. This letter proposes cooperative spectrum sensing with a fixed number of feedback channels, where each sensing node opportunistically reports its sensing result to a fusion center via shared feedback channels only if its sensing result is greater than a threshold. The simulation results show that the proposed cooperative spectrum sensing increases the channel utilization with limited feedback overhead compared with the conventional cooperative spectrum sensing.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Article number7090950
Pages (from-to)1065-1068
Number of pages4
JournalIEEE Communications Letters
Issue number6
StatePublished - Jun 1 2015



  • Cognitive radio
  • Sensing overhead
  • channel utilization
  • opportunistic feedback
  • spectrum sensing

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Modeling and Simulation
  • Computer Science Applications
  • Electrical and Electronic Engineering

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