Mobile's millimeter-wave makeover: Wireless engineers long considered high frequencies worthless for cellular systems. They couldn't be more wrong

Theodore Rappaport, Wonil Roh, Kyungwhoon Cheun

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Abstract

People in real estate joke that there are only three things that matter in the business of buying and selling property: location, location, location. The same could be said for radio spectrum. The frequencies used for cellular communications have acquired the status of waterfront lots-highly coveted and woefully scarce. And like beach-home buyers in a bidding war, mobile operators must constantly jockey for these prime parcels, sometimes shelling out as much as tens of billions of dollars for just a small sliver of the electromagnetic pie.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Article number6882985
Pages (from-to)34-58
Number of pages25
JournalIEEE Spectrum
Volume51
Issue number9
DOIs
StatePublished - Sep 2014

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Electrical and Electronic Engineering

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