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## On Performance of Multilevel Coding Schemes Based on Non-Binary LDPC Codes

We address the problem of constructing coding schemes for the channels with high-order modulations. It is known, that non-binary LDPC codes are especially good for such channels and significantly outperform their binary counterparts. Unfortunately, their decoding complexity is still large. In order to reduce the decoding complexity, we consider multilevel coding schemes based on non-binary LDPC codes (NB-LDPC-MLC schemes) over smaller fields. The use of such schemes gives us a reasonable gain in complexity. At the same time, the performance of NB-LDPC-MLC schemes is practically the same as the performance of LDPC codes over the field matching the modulation order. In particular, by means of simulations, we showed that the performance of NB-LDPC-MLC schemes over GF(16) is the same as the performance of non-binary LDPC codes over GF(64) and GF(256) in AWGN channel with QAM 64 and QAM 256 accordingly. We also perform a comparison with bit-interleaved coded modulation based on binary LDPC codes.