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International Journal of Antennas and Propagation
Volume 2015, Article ID 172501, 5 pages
Research Article

Map-Based Channel Model for Urban Macrocell Propagation Scenarios

iTEAM Research Institute, Universitat Politècnica de València, C/Camino de Vera S/N, Edificio 8G, 46022 Valencia, Spain

Received 3 November 2014; Accepted 17 April 2015

Academic Editor: Cheng Jin

Copyright © 2015 Jose F. Monserrat et al. This is an open access article distributed under the Creative Commons Attribution License, which permits unrestricted use, distribution, and reproduction in any medium, provided the original work is properly cited.


The evolution of LTE towards 5G has started and different research projects and institutions are in the process of verifying new technology components through simulations. Coordination between groups is strongly recommended and, in this sense, a common definition of test cases and simulation models is needed. The scope of this paper is to present a realistic channel model for urban macrocell scenarios. This model is map-based and takes into account the layout of buildings situated in the area under study. A detailed description of the model is given together with a comparison with other widely used channel models. The benchmark includes a measurement campaign in which the proposed model is shown to be much closer to the actual behavior of a cellular system. Particular attention is given to the outdoor component of the model, since it is here where the proposed approach is showing main difference with other previous models.