Impulsive noise characterization in narrowband power line communication

Li Bai, Mauro Tucci, Sami Barmada, Marco Raugi, Tao Zheng

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Currently, narrowband Power line communication (PLC) is considered an attractive communication system in smart grid environments for applications such as advanced metering infrastructure (AMI). In this paper, we will present a comprehensive comparison and analysis in time and frequency domain of noise measured in China and Italy. In addition, impulsive noise in these two countries are mainly analyzed and modeled using two probability based models, Middleton Class A (MCA) model and a stable distribution model. The results prove that noise measured in China is rich in impulsive noise, and can be modeled well by a stable distribution model, while noise measured in Italy has less impulsive noise, and can be better modeled by the MCA model.

Original languageEnglish
Article number863
Issue number4
StatePublished - Apr 2018
Externally publishedYes


  • Impulsive noise
  • Narrowband PLC
  • Noise modeling


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