The main focus of this thesis is on performance analysis and system optimization of Long Term Evolution - Advanced (LTE-A) cellular networks by using stochastic geometry.

Mathematical analysis of cellular networks is a long-lasting difficult problem. Modeling the network elements as points in a Poisson Point Process (PPP) has been proven to be a tractable yet accurate approach to the performance analysis in cellular networks, by leveraging the powerful mathematical tools such as stochastic geometry. In particular, relying on the PPP-based abstraction model, this thesis develops the mathematical frameworks to the computations of important performance measures such as error probability, coverage probability and average rate in several application scenarios in both uplink and downlink of LTE-A cellular networks, for example, multi-antenna transmissions, heterogeneous deployments, uplink power control schemes, etc. The mathematical frameworks developed in this thesis are general enough and the accuracy has been validated against extensive Monte Carlo simulations. Insights on performance trends and system optimization can be done by directly evaluating the formulas to avoid the time-consuming numerical simulations.

**Jury members**

M. Pierre DUHAMEL, L2S, CNRS, France, Président

M. Laurent DECREUSEFOND, Telecom ParisTech, France, Rapporteur

M. Ali GHRAYEB, Texas A&M University at Qatar, Qatar, Rapporteur

M. François BACCELLI, INRIA, France/University of Texas at Austin, USA, Examinateur

M. Robert SCHOBER, University Erlangen-Nürnberg, Germany, Examinateur

M. Anthony BUSSON, Université Lyon 1, France, Directeur de thèse

M. Marco DI RENZO, L2S, CNRS, France, Co-Directeur de thèse