Channel Measurements and Models for High-Speed Train Communication Systems: A Survey

Cheng-Xiang Wang, Ammar Ghazal, Bo Ai, Yu Liu, Pingzhi Fan

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The recent development of high-speed trains (HSTs) as an emerging high mobility transportation system, and the growing demands of broadband services for HST users, introduce new challenges to wireless communication systems for HSTs. Accurate and efficient channel models considering both large-scale and non-stationary small-scale fading characteristics are crucial for the design, performance evaluation, and parameter optimization of HST wireless communication systems. However, the characteristics of the underlying HST channels have not yet been sufficiently investigated. This paper first provides a comprehensive review of the measurement campaigns conducted in different HST scenarios and then addresses the recent advances in HST channel models. Finally, key challenges of HST channel measurements and models are discussed and several research directions in this area are outlined.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)974-987
Number of pages14
JournalIEEE Communications Surveys and Tutorials
Issue number2
Publication statusPublished - 20 May 2016


  • channel measurements
  • High-speed train channels
  • non-stationary channel models
  • statistical properties

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Electrical and Electronic Engineering


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