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NIST Forms Alliance on mmWave Channel Modeling for Wireless Comm

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CellTowerThe National Institute of Standards and Technology has partnered with industry and academia to form an alliance that seeks to address challenges in the development of future wireless communications technology.

NIST said Tuesday the 5G mmWave Channel Model Alliance will work toward an increase in frequencies of wireless channels through 3-D channel modeling at millimeter wavelengths and directional channel sounding.

The alliance will also serve as a platform for participants to share information on existing mmWave channel modeling work across industry and academia, the agency added.

“The current work is very diverse, using different bands of the spectrum, different channel sounders and different propagation environments,” said Kent Rochford, director of NIST’s communications technology laboratory.

“Our goal is to provide a venue for openly sharing measurement methods, modeling methods, data and channel models.”

NIST added the alliance aims to meet increasing international demand for wireless data transmission and capacity and help shape the standards for the sector.

The alliance held a kickoff meeting last month attended by the Federal Communications Commission and several other U.S. and international academic institutions and telecommunications firms.

Additional information on the 5G mmWave Channel Model Alliance is available on its Web page.

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