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IEEE TRANSACTIONS ON COMMUNICATIONS, VOL. 61, NO. 9, SEPTEMBER 2013
Transmission over fading broadcast and interference channels in the presence of quality of service (QoS) constraints is studied. Effective capacity, which provides the maximum constant arrival rate that a given service process can support while satisfying statistical QoS constraints, is employed as the performance metric. In the broadcast scenario, the effective capacity region achieved with superposition coding and successive interference cancellation is identified and is shown to be convex. Subsequently, optimal power control policies that achieve the boundary points of the effective capacity region are investigated, and an algorithm for the numerical computation of the optimal power adaptation schemes for the two-user case is provided. In the interference channel model, achievable throughput regions are determined for three different strategies, namely treating interference as noise, time division with power control and simultaneous decoding. It is demonstrated that as in Gaussian interference channels, simultaneous decoding expectedly performs better (i.e., supports higher arrival rates) when interfering links are strong, and treating interference as noise leads to improved performance when the interfering cross links are weak while time-division strategy should be preferred in between. When the QoS constraints become more stringent, it is observed that the sum-rates achieved by different schemes all diminish and approach each other, and time division with power control interestingly starts outperforming others over a wider range of cross-link strengths.