Multicarrier code-division multiple access (MC-CDMA) first appeared in the literature in 1993. It combines conventional code-division multiple access (CDMA) and orthogonal frequency-division multiplexing (OFDM), and has several variants that depend on how this combination is done. Although there have been a significant number of publications on MC-CDMA since its introduction, the literature is still very fragmented, and the terminologies used by different authors lead to some confusion. In addition, there are also a number of points to clarify concerning the detection of MC-CDMA signals. As an attempt to achieve this goal, this paper gives a comprehensive review of MC-CDMA, describes its different variants, and reviews the receiver techniques used for signal detection. It also briefly compares MC-CDMA to other multiple access techniques used in multicarrier transmission.


Discrete Fourier Transform Channel Frequency Response Inverse Discrete Fourier Transform Multiple Access Technique Broadband Radio Access Network 
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Authors and Affiliations

  • Hikmet Sari
    • 1
  1. 1.Pacific Broadband CommunicationsParisFrance

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