Millimeter wave wireless communications: New results for rural connectivity

George R. MacCartney, Shu Sun, Theodore S. Rappaport, Yunchou Xing, Hangsong Yan, Jeton Koka, Ruichen Wang, Dian Yu

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This paper shows the remarkable distances that can be achieved using millimeter wave communications, and presents a new rural macrocell (RMa) path loss model for millimeter wave frequencies, based on measurements at 73 GHz in rural Virginia. Path loss models are needed to estimate signal coverage and interference for wireless network design, yet little is known about rural propagation at millimeter waves. This work identifies problems with the RMa model used by the 3rd Generation Partnership Project (3GPP) TR 38.900 Release 14, and offers a close-in (CI) reference distance model that has improved accuracy, fewer parameters, and better stability as compared with the existing 3GPP RMa path loss model. The measurements and models presented here are the first to validate rural millimeter wave path loss models.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Title of host publicationProceedings of the 5th Workshop on All Things Cellular
Subtitle of host publicationOperations, Applications and Challenges, ATC 2016
PublisherAssociation for Computing Machinery
Number of pages6
ISBN (Print)9781450342490
StatePublished - Oct 3 2016
Event5th Workshop on All Things Cellular: Operations, Applications and Challenges, ATC 2016 - New York, United States
Duration: Oct 3 2016Oct 7 2016

Publication series

NameProceedings of the Annual International Conference on Mobile Computing and Networking, MOBICOM


Other5th Workshop on All Things Cellular: Operations, Applications and Challenges, ATC 2016
Country/TerritoryUnited States
CityNew York


  • 3GPP
  • 73 GHz
  • Channel model
  • Millimeter-wave
  • Path loss
  • RMa
  • Rural macrocell
  • Standards
  • mmWave

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Computer Networks and Communications
  • Hardware and Architecture
  • Software


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