Comparison of empirical and ray-tracing models for mobile communication systems at 2.6 GHz

Jakob Thrane, Darko Zibar, Henrik Lehrmann Christiansen

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Accurate channel models for predicting received power under slow fading impairments are essential for planning 5G solutions due to the increased range of possible transmission frequencies. The densification of base stations will pose an increased number of complex coverage and capacity situations where flexible and computational simple channel models are essential. In this paper, we study state-of-the-art empirical channel models, more specifically ITU-R M.2412 and 3GPP 38.901, and their performance on experimental measurements at 2630 MHz for LTE-A reference parameters such as RSRP. A crude ray-tracing model is implemented for reference. The results show an increase in the predictive performance of approximately 4 dB at 811 MHz compared to higher frequencies of 2630 MHz.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationProceedings of 90th IEEE Vehicular Technology Conference
Number of pages5
Publication date2019
Article number8891306
ISBN (Print)9781728112206
Publication statusPublished - 2019
Event2019 IEEE 90th Vehicular Technology Conference - Waikiki Beach Marriott Resort & Spa, Honolulu, United States
Duration: 22 Sep 201925 Sep 2019


Conference2019 IEEE 90th Vehicular Technology Conference
LocationWaikiki Beach Marriott Resort & Spa
Country/TerritoryUnited States
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  • Radio propagation
  • Mobile communication
  • 5G mobile communication
  • Channel models
  • Path loss


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