Channel dynamics and SNR tracking in millimeter wave cellular systems

Marco Giordani, Marco Mezzavilla, Aditya Dhananjay, Sundeep Rangan, Michele Zorzi

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The millimeter wave (mmWave) frequencies are likely to play a significant role in fifth-generation (5G) cellular systems. A key challenge in developing systems in these bands is the potential for rapid channel dynamics: since mmWave signals are blocked by many materials, small changes in the position or orientation of the handset relative to objects in the environment can cause large swings in the channel quality. This paper addresses the issue of tracking the signal to noise ratio (SNR), which is an essential procedure for rate prediction, handover and radio link failure detection. A simple method for estimating the SNR from periodic synchronization signals is considered. The method is then evaluated using real experiments in common blockage scenarios combined with outdoor statistical models.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Title of host publicationEuropean Wireless Conference 2016, EW 2016
Number of pages8
ISBN (Electronic)9783800742219
StatePublished - 2016
Event22nd European Wireless Conference, EW 2016 - Oulu, Finland
Duration: May 18 2016May 20 2016

Publication series

NameEuropean Wireless Conference 2016, EW 2016


Other22nd European Wireless Conference, EW 2016

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Electrical and Electronic Engineering
  • Computer Networks and Communications


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