Periodic Reporting for period 1 - FM-4NXTG (Characterization and Measurement of Wideband Directional Channels in FM Band For New Efficient Wireless Systems)
Reporting period: 2016-05-01 to 2018-04-30
This project aims to develop the first directional channel models for the FM Band so that the band can be better utilised for future wireless systems such as 5G. It is now apparent that future wireless systems need some supplementary lower frequency band links on the downlink site in order to meet the required data rates and the FM Band is one of the ideal candidates. However, before the band can be utilised for a digital two-way wireless system, its channel needs to be be better understood. Thus, the main objective of this research is to develop directional channel models for the FM Band and then to validate the developed models through simulations and the field measurements. Once the channel models are available, the performance of the wireless systems can be better assessed before they are deployed.
With the channel models developed for the FM Band, the band can be better utilised for the wireless communication and hence can provide additional wireless connectivity to the society. With the internet-of-things promising all devices to be connected, the utilisation of the FM Band overall will help building a connected society.
The overall objectives of this project with the given framework are: 1) To develop standard directional channel models in FM Band suitable for contemporary wireless systems with multiple antenna and relay networking, 2) For the utilisation of the band for different environments, developing these models for four different environments (typical urban, bad urban, rural area, and hilly terrain), and 3) to validate the developed models via measurements and simulations.
The project outcomes will also provide guidelines for the modelling of channels around the FM Band, enabling the systems operating around this band to be better exploited. For the future work of this project, we will experiment two-way high speed data communication over this frequency band.
As part of dissemination, we have published one journal, one conference paper, one patent, and one technical document for Inclusive Radio Communication Networks for 5G and Beyond (IRACON) of EU H2020 Cost program. IRACON contains key European researchers in the area of 5G research. We submitted one more conference paper and will submit one more journal paper that consolidates the overall results of the project.
Apart from the publications, we have performed two meetings with Turkish frequency regulation body and conveyed the potential usage of the FM Band for future systems.