The millimeter wave (mmWave) spectrum is an important candidate band for next-generation cellular networks. Using higher frequencies, mmWaves are much more sensitive to blockage, and the presence of line-of-sight links is more desired, making the network planning more dependent on the layout of the cities. In this letter, we use computational geometry and optimization tools to fully automate the process of planning an outdoor mmWave network in dense cities, using wall-mounted below-rooftop base stations (BSs). Based on the locations found, one can analyze some properties of mmWave networks. We provide information about the BS density and coverage in two different large urban areas.

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Keywords 5G, base station density, maximum coverage problem, mmWave, Network planning
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Journal IEEE Wireless Communications Letters
Palizban, N. (Nima), Szyszkowicz, S. (Sebastian), & Yanikomeroglu, H. (2017). Automation of Millimeter Wave Network Planning for Outdoor Coverage in Dense Urban Areas Using Wall-Mounted Base Stations. IEEE Wireless Communications Letters, 6(2), 206–209. doi:10.1109/LWC.2017.2659732