An advantage of using the composite fading models (CFMs) is their ability to concurrently address the impact of multi-path and shadowing phenomena on the system performance in wireless communications. A Fisher-Snedecor (FS) F CFM has been recently proposed as an experimentally verified and tractable fading model that can be efficiently applied for 5G and beyond 5G wireless communication systems. This paper provides second-order (s-order) performance analysis of the product of N independent but not identically distributed (i.n.i.d) FS F random variables (RVs). In particular, accurate and closedform approximations for level crossing rate (LCR) and average fade duration (AFD) of the product of N i.n.i.d FS F(N-FS F) RVs are successfully derived by exploiting a general property of a Laplace approximation method for evaluation of the N -folded integral-form LCR expression. Based on the obtained s-order statistical results, the burst error rate and maximum symbol rate of the N -FS F distribution are addressed and thoroughly examined. The numerical results of the considered performance measures are discussed in relation to the N-FS F multi-path and shadowing severity parameters. Moreover, the impact of the number of hops (N) of the N -FS F CFM on the s-order metrics, the burst error rate and maximum symbol rate are numerically evaluated and investigated. The derived s-order statistical results can be used to address the cooperative relay-assisted (RA) communications for vehicular systems. Monte-Carlo (M - C) simulations for the addressed statistical measures are developed in order to confirm the provided theoretical results.
5g; 6g; burst error rate; composite fading model (cfm); fisher-snedecor (fs) f distribution; second-order (s-order) statistics; vehicular communications