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A Classification Scheme for Wireless Channel Models Across the Development Life Cycle



David Michelson, Camillo Gentile, Nada T. Golmie, Jeanne Quimby, Kate Remley, Ken Gracie, Yvo de Jong


Wireless channel models play a critical role at all stages of the product life cycle, from standards development to network deployment. However, the distinctive needs and requirements for the channel models used at each stage of the cycle are rarely acknowledged. This can lead to frustration within the developer community as channel models suitable for use at a particular stage may not be available. Here we consider the needs and requirements for channel models across the product life cycle and divide them into three distinct types based upon their role, generality, application, computational complexity, primary stake holders and time available to develop. We conclude that a federation of channel models is required in order to meet these diverse set of requirements. Most organized efforts to develop channel models are relatively short term and are designed mostly to support concept assessment and standards development. The NIST-led 5G Millimeter-Wave Channel Model Alliance is taking a much longer vision as it seeks to coordinate development of a federation of channel models that will support the millimeter-wave developer community across the entire product life cycle.
Proceedings Title
USNC-URSI Radio Science Meeting (Joint with AP-S Symposium)
Conference Dates
July 7-12, 2019
Conference Location
Atlanta, GA, US
Conference Title
IEEE International Symposium on Antennas and Propagation and USNC-URSI Radio Science Meeting


channel model, propagation, product life cycle


Michelson, D. , Gentile, C. , Golmie, N. , Quimby, J. , Remley, K. , Gracie, K. and de Jong, Y. (2019), A Classification Scheme for Wireless Channel Models Across the Development Life Cycle, USNC-URSI Radio Science Meeting (Joint with AP-S Symposium), Atlanta, GA, US, [online], (Accessed April 19, 2024)
Created July 11, 2019, Updated October 12, 2021