Packet Level Performance Assessment of mmWave Backhauling Technology for 3GPP NR Systems
Recently standardized millimeter-wave (mmWave) band 3GPP New Radio systems are expected to bring extraordinary rates to the air interface efficiently providing commercial-grade enhanced mobile broadband services in hotspot areas. One of the challenges of such systems is efficient offloading of the data from access points (AP) to the network infrastructure. This task is of special importance for APs installed in remote areas with no transport network available. In this paper, we assess the packet level performance of mmWave technology for cost-efficient backhauling of remote 3GPP NR APs connectivity “islands”. Using a queuing system with arrival processes of the same priority competing for transmission resources, we assess the aggregated and per-AP packet loss probability as a function environmental conditions, mmWave system specifics, and generated traffic volume. We show that the autocorrelation in aggregated traffic provides a significant impact on service characteristics of mmWave backhaul and needs to be compensated by increasing either emitted power or the number of antenna array elements. The effect of autocorrelation in the per-AP traffic and background traffic from other APs also negatively affects the per-AP packet loss probability. However, the effect is of different magnitude and heavily depends on the load fraction of per-AP traffic in the aggregated traffic stream. The developed model can be used to parameterize mmWave backhaul links as a function of the propagation environment, system design, and traffic conditions.