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Proof-of-concept of a millimeter-wave integrated heterogeneous network for 5G cellular

: Okasaka, S.; Weiler, R.J.; Keusgen, W.; Pudeyev, A.; Maltsev, A.; Karls, I.; Sakaguchi, K.

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Sensors. Online journal 16 (2016), Nr.9, Art. 1362, 21 S.
ISSN: 1424-8220
Zeitschriftenaufsatz, Elektronische Publikation
Fraunhofer HHI ()

The fifth-generation mobile networks (5G) will not only enhance mobile broadband services, but also enable connectivity for a massive number of Internet-of-Things devices, such as wireless sensors, meters or actuators. Thus, 5G is expected to achieve a 1000-fold or more increase in capacity over 4G. The use of the millimeter-wave (mmWave) spectrum is a key enabler to allowing 5G to achieve such enhancement in capacity. To fully utilize the mmWave spectrum, 5G is expected to adopt a heterogeneous network (HetNet) architecture, wherein mmWave small cells are overlaid onto a conventional macro-cellular network. In the mmWave-integrated HetNet, splitting of the control plane (CP) and user plane (UP) will allow continuous connectivity and increase the capacity of the mmWave small cells. mmWave communication can be used not only for access linking, but also for wireless backhaul linking, which will facilitate the installation of mmWave small cells.