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SC-FDMA can be interpreted as a linearly precoded OFDMA scheme, in the sense tha t it has an additional DFT processing preceding

the conventional OFDMA processin g. SC-FDMA has drawn great attention as an attractive alternative to OFDMA, especia lly in the uplink communications where lower peak-to-average power ratio (PAPR) greatly benefits the mobile terminal in terms of transmit power efficiency and t erminal costs. Although the performance gap is not much, SC-FDMA's additional advantage of low PAPR makes it a favorite especially for uplink wireless transmission in future mobile communication systems where transmitter power efficiency is of paramount importance. - - - Updated - - What my understanding is that SC-FDMA is used where transmitter power efficiency is of paramount importance. In down-link this is not the case hence to avoid complexity the must have avoid using it. Lower complexity at the transmitter which will benefit the mobile terminal in ce llular uplink communications. IN OFDMA the superposition of all the modulated subcarriers is a noise-like sign al according to the central limit theorem. Thus the variation of the signal amplitude is quite high leading to a high Peak-to-Average-Ratio (PAPR). This re quires expensive power amplifiers and high power transmission which is acceptable for the eNB but not d esirable for the UL. OFDMA has better packet/audio transmit/handling capabilities. For base station t his is important as it is necessary to handle/transmit large amount of packet/audio data to mobile terminal in individual cells. Also this capabilit y is important to have a larger cell size. However mobile terminal doesn't need to posses this capability. Here power requi rement is main constraint.