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Robust Optimality of TIN under Secrecy Constraints


A parameter regime is identified where the simple scheme of treating interference as Gaussian noise (TIN), with power control and jamming, is optimal for the secure generalized degrees of freedom (GDoF) region of Gaussian broadcast networks under the robust assumption of finite-precision channel state information at the transmitter (CSIT). The network consists of one transmitter equipped with K antennas, and K single-antenna receivers. The results are generalized to groupcast (equivalently, compound broadcast) settings where each message is desired by a disjoint group of receivers. Noting that messages are independently encoded in the GDoF-optimal scheme, the result for the broadcast channel is extended to its counterpart Gaussian interference channel under finite precision CSIT. Evidently, both secrecy constraints and finite precision CSIT limit the benefits of more sophisticated schemes, leading to optimality of simpler schemes for larger parameter regimes. Aligned Image bounds are the key to the proof of optimality for these larger parameter regimes under finite precision CSIT.

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