A Comparative Measurement Study of Commercial 5G mmWave Deployments

Arvind Narayanan, Muhammad Iqbal Rochman, Ahmad Hassan, Bariq S. Firmansyah, Vanlin Sathya, Monisha Ghosh, Feng Qian, Zhi Li Zhang

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5G-NR is beginning to be widely deployed in the mmWave frequencies in urban areas in the US and around the world. Due to the directional nature of mmWave signal propagation, improving performance of such deployments heavily relies on beam management and deployment configurations. We perform detailed measurements of mmWave 5G deployments by two major commercial 5G operators in the US in two diverse environments: an open field with a baseball park (BP) and a downtown urban canyon region (DT), using smartphone-based tools that collect detailed measurements across several layers (PHY, MAC and up) such as beam-specific metrics like signal strength, beam switch times, and throughput per beam. Our measurement analysis shows that the parameters of the two deployments differ in a number of aspects: number of beams used, number of channels aggregated, and density of deployments, which reflect on the throughput performance. Our measurement-driven propagation analysis demonstrates that narrower beams experience a lower path-loss exponent than wider beams, which combined with up to eight frequency channels aggregated on up to eight beams can deliver a peak throughput of 1.2 Gbps at distances greater than 100m.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Title of host publicationINFOCOM 2022 - IEEE Conference on Computer Communications
PublisherInstitute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers Inc.
Number of pages10
ISBN (Electronic)9781665458221
StatePublished - 2022
Event41st IEEE Conference on Computer Communications, INFOCOM 2022 - Virtual, Online, United Kingdom
Duration: May 2 2022May 5 2022

Publication series

NameIEEE INFOCOM 2022 - IEEE Conference on Computer Communications


Conference41st IEEE Conference on Computer Communications, INFOCOM 2022
Country/TerritoryUnited Kingdom
CityVirtual, Online

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Funding Information:
* These authors contributed equally to this paper. Corresponding authors: arvind@cs.umn.edu, muhiqbalcr@uchicago.edu This research was in part supported by NSF under Grants CNS-1618836, CNS-2128489, CNS-1814322, CNS-1836772, CNS-1901103, CNS-1915122, CCF-1903880 and a Cisco University Research Grant.

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