Existing literatures say that the generalized frequency division multiplexing (GFDM) has lower out-of-band emission (OOBE) levels compared to orthogonal frequency division multiplexing (OFDM). However, this is actually untrue in a fair manner. In the previous papers, the OOBE levels of these two schemes have been compared under the assumption of the same number of subcarriers. But such an assumption is very unfair!
Obviously, the total number of subcarriers of OFDM system (denoted by 'K') is determined by considering the coherence time and bandwidth expected. Therefore, under the same (or similar) circumstances, it is fair to set the number of samples in the GFDM symbols to be equal to 'K', which means that MN=K (M: number of subsymbols in GFDM system, N: number of subcarriers in GFDM system). In short, comparing the OOBE levels under the condition of K=N is quite unfair because GFDM requires the longer coherence time than OFDM in that case, and two systems have different spectral efficiencies. Instead, assuming MN=K is fair.
However, when MN=K, there is no gain of OOBE of GFDM systems compared to the OFDM one because of circular filtering, and I have already checked it up through both mathematical analysis and computer simulations.
So, I want to know what benefits we can get from the use of GFDM. As I know, the improved PAPR performance can be expected. But I'm not sure it is meaningful because of high implementation complexity of GFDM transceiver. In my opinion, the OFDM with PAPR reduction techniques may be preferable.
How do you think about it? Am I missing something? If it is, can you please let me know what benefits we can obtain from GFDM?
Thank in advance