5G New Radio (NR) is foreseen to greatly improve user experience and capacity. For commercial success, coverage is also an important consideration. The sub-6 bands are expected to provide good coverage, and one such useful band is 3.5 GHz.

In this paper, the coverage of 3.5 GHz is studied by means of a full-scale trial with a NR testbed. With beamforming the increased propagation losses at 3.5 GHz compared to 2.1 GHz can be compensated and the coverage was demonstrated to be on par with 2.1 GHz LTE fixed antenna coverage both outdoor and indoor.

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Björn Halvarsson, Arne Simonsson, Anders Elgcrona, Ranvir Chana, Paulo Machado and Henrik Asplund

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Accepted to 2018 IEEE 87th Vehicular Technology Conference: VTC2018-Spring

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