Understanding noise and interference regimes in 5G millimeter-wave cellular networks

Mattia Rebato, Marco Mezzavilla, Sundeep Rangan, Federico Boccardi, Michele Zorzi

Research output: Chapter in Book/Report/Conference proceedingConference contribution


With the severe spectrum shortage in conventional cellular bands, millimeter-wave (mmWave) frequencies have been attracting growing attention for next-generation micro-and picocellular wireless networks. A fundamental and open question is whether mmWave cellular networks are likely to be noise-or interference-limited. Identifying in which regime a network is operating is critical for the design of MAC and physical-layer procedures and to provide insights on how transmissions across cells should be coordinated to cope with interference. This work uses the latest measurement-based statistical channel models to accurately assess the Interference-to-Noise Ratio (INR) in a wide range of deployment scenarios. In addition to cell density, we also study antenna array size and antenna patterns, whose effects are critical in the mmWave regime. The channel models also account for blockage, line-of-sight and non-line-of-sight regimes as well as local scattering, that significantly affect the level of spatial isolation.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Title of host publicationEuropean Wireless Conference 2016, EW 2016
Number of pages5
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


  • 5G
  • Cellular systems
  • Interference regime
  • Millimeter wave communication
  • Noise regime

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Electrical and Electronic Engineering
  • Computer Networks and Communications


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