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As 5G aims for market in 2018, Ted Rappaport says, “It will work!”

Ted Rapport

Marconi Board member Ted Rappaport has just won the 2015 IEEE Donald G. Fink Award for the year’s best paper, Millimeter Wave Mobile Communications for 5G Cellular: It Will Work!. NYU Professor Ted does 5G research that attracts CTOs and others from around the world to his Brooklyn 5G Summit. His NYU WIRELESS group has more than 20 faculty members and 100 students, Marconi Young Scholar Felix Gutierrez is a co-author of the paper.

Your editor attended the ITU meeting in Busan where the Korean Minister proudly announced they will have 5G networks by 2018. The Japanese make a similar claim. Others expect 2020 or soon after. Rappaport’s NYU work is seminal. Samsung, Qualcomm, Nokia, Huawei, AT&T and Ericsson all have active programs as well as sponsoring NYU Wireless work.

Ted explains the article in this video. In an IEEE interview, he predicts, “a huge increase in speed and data rates—many more gigabits per second.” Marconi Fellows Henry Samueli and Vint Cerf also predicted an extraordinary increase in wireless capacity in a few years at Marconi events.

MIMO, invented by this year’s Marconi Fellow Arogyaswami Paulraj, will also play a crucial role in advanced networks.

Here’s the abstract of the paper.

The global bandwidth shortage facing wireless carriers has motivated the exploration of the underutilized millimeter wave (mm-wave) frequency spectrum for future broadband cellular communication networks. There is, however, little knowledge about cellular mm-wave propagation in densely populated indoor and outdoor environments. Obtaining this information is vital for the design and operation of future fifth generation cellular networks that use the mm-wave spectrum. In this paper, we present the motivation for new mm-wave cellular systems, methodology, and hardware for measurements and offer a variety of measurement results that show 28 and 38 GHz frequencies can be used when employing steerable directional antennas at base stations and mobile devices.