3D mmWave channel model proposal

Timothy A. Thomas, Huan Cong Nguyen, George R. Maccartney, Theodore S. Rappaport

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There is growing interest in using millimeter wave (mmWave) frequencies for future access communications based on the enormous amount of available spectrum. To characterize the mmWave channel in urban areas, wideband propagation measurements at 73 GHz have recently been made in New York City. Using the measurements, a ray-tracing study has been conducted using databases for the same environments as the measurements, allowing a simple ray-tracer to predict measured statistics such as path loss and angles of arrival in the same physical environment of the measurements. In this paper a preliminary 3GPP-style 3D mmWave channel model is developed with special emphasis on using the ray tracer to determine elevation model parameters. The channel model includes distance-dependent elevation modeling which is critical for the expected 2D arrays which will be employed at mmWave.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Title of host publication2014 IEEE 80th Vehicular Technology Conference, VTC2014-Fall, Proceedings
PublisherInstitute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers Inc.
ISBN (Electronic)9781479944491, 9781479944491
ISBN (Print)9781479944491, 9781479944491
StatePublished - Nov 24 2014
Event80th IEEE Vehicular Technology Conference, VTC 2014-Fall - Vancouver, Canada
Duration: Sep 14 2014Sep 17 2014

Publication series

NameIEEE Vehicular Technology Conference
ISSN (Print)1550-2252


Other80th IEEE Vehicular Technology Conference, VTC 2014-Fall


  • 3D channel model
  • 73 GHz
  • channel modeling
  • channel sounding
  • millimeter wave
  • ray tracing

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Computer Science Applications
  • Electrical and Electronic Engineering
  • Applied Mathematics


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