Millimeter-Wave Field Experiments with Many Antenna Configurations for Indoor Multipath Environments

Marcus Comiter, Michael Crouse, H. T. Kung, Jenn-Hawn Tarng, Zuo-Min Tsai, Wei Ting Wu, Ta-Sung Lee, Mau-Chung Chang, Yen-Cheng Kuan

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Abstract

Next-generation wireless networks, such as 5G networks, will use millimeter waves (mmWaves) operating at 28 GHz, 38 GHz, 60 GHz, or higher frequencies to deliver unprecedentedly high data rates, e.g., 10 gigabits per second. Due to high attenuation at this higher frequency, use of directional antennas is commonly suggested for mmWave communication. It is therefore important to study how different antenna configurations at the transmitter and receiver effect received power and data throughput. In this paper, we describe field experiments with mmWave antennas for indoor multipath environments and report measurement results on a multitude of antenna configurations. Specifically, we examine four different mmWave systems, operating at two different frequencies (38 and 60 GHz), using a number of different antennas (horn antennas, omnidirectional antennas, and phase arrays). For each system, we systematically collect performance measurements (e.g., received power), and use these to examine the effects of beam misalignment on signal quality, the presence of multipath effects, and susceptibility to blockage. We capture interesting phenomena, including a multipath scenario in which a single receiver antenna can receive two copies of signals transmitted from the same transmitter antenna over multiple paths. From these field experiments, we discuss lessons learned and draw several conclusions, and their applicability to the design of future mmWave networks.

Original languageEnglish
Title of host publication2017 IEEE Globecom Workshops, GC Wkshps 2017 - Proceedings
PublisherInstitute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers Inc.
Pages1-6
Number of pages6
ISBN (Electronic)9781538639207
DOIs
StatePublished - 24 Jan 2018
Event2017 IEEE Global Telecommunications Conference, GC 2017 - Singapore, Singapore
Duration: 4 Dec 20178 Dec 2017

Publication series

Name2017 IEEE Globecom Workshops, GC Wkshps 2017 - Proceedings
Volume2018-January

Conference

Conference2017 IEEE Global Telecommunications Conference, GC 2017
CountrySingapore
CitySingapore
Period4/12/178/12/17

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