Outdoor Experiments on Long-Range and Mobile Communications Using 39-GHz Band for 5G and Beyond

Masashi IWABUCHI  Anass BENJEBBOUR  Yoshihisa KISHIYAMA  Guangmei REN  Chen TANG  Tingjian TIAN  Liang GU  Yang CUI  Terufumi TAKADA  

IEICE TRANSACTIONS on Communications   Vol.E102-B    No.8    pp.1437-1446
Publication Date: 2019/08/01
Publicized: 2019/02/20
Online ISSN: 1745-1345
DOI: 10.1587/transcom.2018TTP0015
Type of Manuscript: Special Section PAPER (Special Section on Technology Trials and Proof-of-Concept Activities for 5G and Beyond)
5G,  beyond 5G,  long-range communication mobility,  lens antenna,  beam tracking,  millimeter wave,  

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This paper presents results of outdoor experiments conducted in the 39-GHz band. In particular, assuming mobile communications such as the fifth generation mobile communications (5G) and beyond, we focus on achieving 1Gbit/s or greater throughput at transmission distances exceeding 1km in the experiments. In order to enhance the data rate and capacity, the use of higher frequency bands above 6GHz for mobile communications is a new and important technical challenge for 5G and beyond. To extend further the benefits of higher frequency bands to various scenarios, it is important to enable higher frequency bands to basically match the coverage levels of existing low frequency bands. Moreover, mobility is important in mobile communications. Therefore, we assume the 39-GHz band as a candidate frequency for 5G and beyond and prepare experimental equipment that utilizes lens antenna and beam tracking technologies. In the experiments, we achieve the throughput values of 2.14Gbit/s at the transmission distance of 1850m and 1.58Gbit/s at 20-km/h mobility. Furthermore, we show the possibility of achieving high throughput even under non-line-of-sight conditions. These experimental results contribute to clarifying the potential for the 39-GHz band to support gigabit-per-second class data rates while still providing coverage and supporting mobility over a coverage area with distance greater than 1km.