ZTE Communications ›› 2020, Vol. 18 ›› Issue (3): 64-70.DOI: 10.12142/ZTECOM.202003010

• Research Paper • Previous Articles    

Non‑Negligible Influences of Rain on 5G Millimeter Wave Terrestrial Communication System

GONG Shuhong1(), ZHANG Xingmin1, DOU Jianwu2, HUANG Weifang2   

  1. 1.School of Physics and Optoelectronic Engineering, Xidian University, Xi’an 710071, China
    2.Algorithm Department, ZTE Corporation, Shanghai 200240, China
  • Received:2019-01-15 Online:2020-09-25 Published:2020-11-03
  • About author:GONG Shuhong (shgong@xidian.edu.cn) received the M.S. and Ph.D. degrees in radio physics from Xidian University, China in 2004 and 2008, respectively. Now, he is a professor and a doctorial tutor at Xidian University. His research interest focuses on radio wave propagation in near-earth space and its applications.|ZHANG Xingmin is currently working toward the M.S. degree in radio physics from Xidian University, China. His current research interest is MIMO wireless channel modeling for 5G communication system.|DOU Jianwu received the Ph.D. degree from Beijing University of Technology, China in 2001. Since 2001, he has been in charge of research and system design of the radio resource management algorithm in UMTS, TD-SCDMA and LTEv1 at ZTE Corporation. From 2006, he has also been responsible for system simulation of 2G, 3G, 4G, and WLAN as a department director at ZTE Corporation. His research interests include RRM, system simulation, wireless channel sounding and modelling, data mining, high frequency physical layer design, and MTC.|HUANG Weifang received the master degree in electromagnetic field and microwave technology from the School of Electronic Engineering, Xidian University, China in 2006. He is a senior engineer of the Algorithm Department, ZTE Corporation. Since May 2008, he has been engaged in the research of the communication system. His main research directions are wireless environment modeling, high-frequency communications, and communication system networking simulation modeling.
  • Supported by:
    ZTE Corporation Program(2017ZTE01-01-06)


The impacts of rain on millimeter wave (mmW) terrestrial links, which are inevitably affected by ground-objects-induced multipath propagation, are presented based on the signal time series data measured at 35 GHz. We analyze the coupled influence mechanism of rain-induced and ground-objects-induced multipath propagation on mmW terrestrial links. It can be deduced that the rain-induced impacts on millimeter wave terrestrial links cannot be neglected. The results given in this paper are significant for developing 5G millimeter wave terrestrial mobile communication links.

Key words: 5G communication, mmW, multipath, rain-caused effects, terrestrial links