Propagation channel models for next-generation wireless communications systems

Andreas Molisch, Fredrik Tufvesson

Research output: Contribution to journalArticlepeer-review

73 Citations (SciVal)
762 Downloads (Pure)


As new systems and applications are introduced for next-generation wireless systems, the propagation channels in which they operate need to be characterized. This paper discusses propagation channels for four types of next-generation systems: (i) distributed Multiple-Input Multiple-Output (MIMO) and Cooperative MultiPoint (CoMP), systems, which require the characterization of correlation between channels from a mobile station to different base stations or access points; (ii) device-to-device communications, where propagation channels are characterized by strong mobility at both link ends (e.g., in vehicle-to-vehicle communications), and/or significant impact of moving shadowing objects; (iii) full-dimensional MIMO, where antenna arrays extend in both the horizontal and vertical dimension, so that azimuthal and elevation dispersion characteristics of the channel become relevant, and (iv) millimeter wave wireless local area network (WLAN) and cellular communication systems, where the high carrier frequency leads to a change (compared to microwave communications) concerning which propagation processes are dominant. For each of these areas, we give an overview of measurements and models for key channel properties. A discussion of open issues and possible future research avenues is also provided.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)2022-2034
JournalIEICE Transactions on Communications
Issue number10
Publication statusPublished - 2014

Subject classification (UKÄ)

  • Electrical Engineering, Electronic Engineering, Information Engineering


  • LTE
  • channel model
  • CoMP
  • double-directional
  • device-to-device
  • vehicle-to-vehicle
  • 5G
  • mm-wave


Dive into the research topics of 'Propagation channel models for next-generation wireless communications systems'. Together they form a unique fingerprint.

Cite this