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Characterizing spatial correlation of blockage statistics in urban mmWave systems

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Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationIEEE GLOBECOM Workshops
Number of pages7
ISBN (Electronic)978-1-5090-2481-0
Publication statusPublished - 8 Dec 2016
Publication typeA4 Article in a conference publication
EventIEEE Global Communications Conference Workshops -
Duration: 1 Jan 2000 → …


ConferenceIEEE Global Communications Conference Workshops
Period1/01/00 → …


Millimeter-wave (mmWave) systems suffer from a significant loss in performance when the line-of-sight (LoS) path between the transmitter and the receiver is obstructed due to blockage caused by humans or other obstacles. However, due to blocker or user motion, the mmWave receiver may transition between the LoS and non-LoS (nLoS) states. Following the recent 3GPP requirements on spatial consistency for channel modeling, this paper aims to analyze the spatial correlation of blockage statistics and characterize their evolution due to user mobility in a static field of blockers in urban mmWave systems. In particular, we derive conditional probabilities of residing in LoS or nLoS state at a given time t1, provided that a user was in LoS/nLoS state at a prior time t0. We demonstrate that for realistic values of user speed, the angle of motion, height of transmitter and receiver, as well as the density of blockers, there always is a significant correlation between user channel states at time t0 and t1, across the time scales relevant for mmWave resource scheduling. Hence, our model can serve as an important tool for optimizing system performance in the presence of blockage.

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