A 38 GHz cellular outage study for an urban outdoor campus environment

James N. Murdock, Eshar Ben-Dor, Yijun Qiao, Jonathan I. Tamir, Theodore S. Rappaport

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Abstract

Wireless systems require increasingly large system bandwidths that are only available at millimeter-wave frequencies. Such spectrum bands offer the potential for multi-gigabit-per-second data rates to low-cost massively broadband® devices. To enable mobile outdoor millimeter-wave cellular-type applications, it is necessary to determine the coverage potential of base stations in real-world environments. This paper presents the results of a measurement campaign of 38 GHz outdoor urban cellular channels using directional antennas at both the mobile and the base station, and assesses outage probabilities at two separate transmitter locations on the campus of The University of Texas at Austin. Our measurements demonstrate the viability of directional antennas and site-specific planning for future mm-wave cellular, and show that cell radii of ∼ 200 M will provide a very high probability of coverage in an urban environment. As production costs for millimeter-wave technologies continue to fall [1], we envision millimeter-wave cellular systems with dense base station deployments as a cost effective means of delivering multi-Gbps data rates to mobile cell phone and internet users.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Title of host publication2012 IEEE Wireless Communications and Networking Conference, WCNC 2012
Pages3085-3090
Number of pages6
DOIs
StatePublished - 2012
Event2012 IEEE Wireless Communications and Networking Conference, WCNC 2012 - Paris, France
Duration: Apr 1 2012Apr 4 2012

Publication series

NameIEEE Wireless Communications and Networking Conference, WCNC
ISSN (Print)1525-3511

Other

Other2012 IEEE Wireless Communications and Networking Conference, WCNC 2012
CountryFrance
CityParis
Period4/1/124/4/12

Keywords

  • Millimeter Wave Communications
  • RF propagation measurements
  • channel sounding
  • site-specific

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Engineering(all)

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    Murdock, J. N., Ben-Dor, E., Qiao, Y., Tamir, J. I., & Rappaport, T. S. (2012). A 38 GHz cellular outage study for an urban outdoor campus environment. In 2012 IEEE Wireless Communications and Networking Conference, WCNC 2012 (pp. 3085-3090). [6214335] (IEEE Wireless Communications and Networking Conference, WCNC). https://doi.org/10.1109/WCNC.2012.6214335