Asymptotic SINR for Millimeter Wave Massive MIMO Cellular Networks


Tianyang Bai and Robert W. Heath, Jr.


In Proc. of IEEE Int. Workshop on Signal Processing Advances in Wireless Communications (SPAWC), June 2015.


Thanks to the small wavelength at millimeter wave (mmWave) frequency, it is promising to combine massive multiple-input and multiple-output (MIMO) with mmWave. MmWave massive MIMO will differ from the conventional massive MIMO, due to the differences in propagation and hardware constraints. This paper proposes a stochastic geometry framework for evaluating the performance in large-scale mmWave massive MIMO networks. Based on the system model, analytical expressions are provided for the asymptotic signal-to-interference-plus-noise ratio (SINR) distributions in both uplink and downlink, when the number of base station antennas goes to infinity. Numerical results indicate a fast convergence in the SINR distribution to its asymptotic equivalence in dense mmWave networks. A comparison with conventional massive MIMO shows that mmWave massive MIMO achieves a higher cell throughput with sufficiently dense deployments.