March 06, 2017

Performance characteristics of 5G mmWave wireless-to-the-home

  • Ghosh A.
  • Thomas T.
  • Visotsky E.
  • Vook F.

With the standardization of 5G cellular systems now underway, new frequency bands are being considered for 5G deployments, namely, cmWave bands (3–30 GHz) and mmWave bands (30–100 GHz). An early use case for 5G in these non-traditional cellular bands is to provide fixed access wireless services to residential users in suburban neighborhoods. In this paper, we present a massive MIMO system concept for providing high data rate fixed wireless services in the suburban microcellular environment in the 28 GHz band. The MIMO system concept leverages relatively simple methodologies that can be deployed relatively quickly to enable fast introduction of 5G-like services. We investigate the impact on performance of several key system design aspects and various environmental effects. We leverage a recently-developed channel model for suburban microcellular deployments operating in the cmWave and mmWave bands. The purpose is demonstrate the performance of these relatively simple solutions, provide answers to some key design questions, and show the viability of providing high data rate broadband services in residential suburban environments in the cmWave and mmWave bands.

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