Coverage and capacity of millimeter-wave cellular networks

Tianyang Bai, Ahmed Alkhateeb, Robert Heath

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The millimeter-wave (mmWave) band offers the potential for high-bandwidth communication channels in cellular networks. It is not clear, however, whether both high data rates and coverage in terms of signal-to-noise-plus-interference ratio can be achieved in interferencelimited mmWave cellular networks due to the differences in propagation conditions and antenna topologies. This article shows that dense mmWave networks can achieve both higher data rates and comparable coverage relative to conventional microwave networks. Sum rate gains can be achieved using more advanced beamforming techniques that allow multiuser transmission. The insights are derived using a new theoretical network model that incorporates key characteristics of mmWave networks.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Article number6894455
Pages (from-to)70-77
Number of pages8
JournalIEEE Communications Magazine
Issue number9
StatePublished - Sep 1 2014
Externally publishedYes

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Computer Science Applications
  • Computer Networks and Communications
  • Electrical and Electronic Engineering


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