Secure Communication in Cellular Networks: The Benefits of Millimeter Wave Mobile Broadband


Lifeng Wang, M. Elkashian, Trung Q. Duong, and Robert W. Heath, Jr.


Proc. of IEEE 15th International Workshop on Signal Processing Advances in Wireless Communications (SPAWC), June 2014.


This paper proposes millimeter wave (mmWave) mobile broadband for achieving secure communication in downlink cellular network. Analog beamforming with phase shifters is adopted for the mmWave transmission. The secrecy throughput is analyzed based on two different transmission modes, namely delay-tolerant transmission and delay-limited transmission. The impact of large antenna arrays at the mmWave frequencies on the secrecy throughput is examined. Numerical results corroborate our analysis and show that mmWave systems can enable significant secrecy improvement. Moreover, it is indicated that with large antenna arrays, multi-gigabit per second secure link at the mmWave frequencies can be reached in the delay-tolerant transmission mode and the adverse effect of secrecy outage vanishes in the delay-limited transmission mode.