Millimeter Wave Mobile Communications for 5G Cellular: It Will Work!

Author(s): T. S. Rappaport ; Shu Sun ; R. Mayzus ; Hang Zhao ; Y. Azar ; K. Wang ; G. N. Wong ; J. K. Schulz ; M. Samimi ; F. Gutierrez
Publisher: IEEE - Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers, Inc.
Publication Date: 1 January 2013
Volume: 1
Page Count: 15
Page(s): 335 - 349
ISSN (Online): 2169-3536
DOI: 10.1109/ACCESS.2013.2260813



The global bandwidth shortage facing wireless carriers has motivated the exploration of the underutilized millimeter wave (mm-wave) frequency spectrum for future broadband cellular communication networks. There is, however, little knowledge about cellular mm-wave propagation in densely populated indoor and outdoor environments. Obtaining this information is vital for the design and operation of future fifth generation cellular networks that use the mm-wave spectrum. In this paper, we present the motivation for new mm-wave cellular systems, methodology, and hardware for measurements and offer a variety of measurement results that show 28 and 38 GHz frequencies can be used when employing steerable directional antennas at base stations and mobile devices.