Radio Access Networks - Active Antenna Evolution

Beam-steering, Technology Innovation and Massive MIMO

Hosted by: 


September 15-17, 2015


Novotel Centrum

Warsaw, Poland



Limited to 100 seats

First Registered, First Served!

Attendance open All IWPC Members


According to a recent research, the global market for LTE capable RAN antennas, including passive and active types, is projected to reach almost US$4.0 billion in 2015.  Multi-band antennas are the hot segment, and although active antennas are a key driver for LTE, until now, we have seen limited uptake.  This workshop will consider how active antenna systems will evolve to meet continuing RAN performance challenges and support denser capacity layers.  We will explore challenges and opportunities for small cells, backhaul, and macro layer refresh.  Core to the discussion will be Active Antenna Systems, Carrier Aggregation across multiple bands, Coordinated Multipoint and Cloud-RAN as well as Massive MIMO.

Workshop Goals

  • Assess results from recent technology trials and integrated antenna deployment
  • Understand the market and drivers for active antennas
  • Explore trends and innovation in cellular base stations and active antenna technologies
  • Understand alternative antenna systems and solutions
  • Consider what technologies will be deployable prior to 5G and how will antennas evolve beyond 2020?




September 15




13:00 Tour Registration

14:00 Orange Innovation Garden


DEMONSTRATION: Active antenna systems tested in Orange Deutsche Telekom network.

Transport to site from hotel


Evening Reception




September 16



Networking Breakfast and Continued Registration




Opening Remarks and Self-Introductions

Each person will be asked to introduce him/herself and show how they can contribute to this process.



Host Keynote Opening Remarks and Presentation

  • Objectives of the workshop
  • Trial Results
  • Case study for Active Antenna System clusters
  • Virtual Small Cells concept (Orange)

Vertical Sectorisation Trial Conclusions and Future Developments

Senior Project Manager




SON for Vertical and Virtual Sectorisation - SEMAFOUR Project

R & D Engineer




Networking Break



Mobile Operator Perspectives

  • Supporting Multi-Mode, Multi-Band at the network side - So many antennas necessary to support demands for multi-operator and/or multiband/mode deployments
  • Case studies and trial results
  • How can weight and size be managed, while increasing capacity?
  • What capacity gains can be made?
  • Is there a case for RAN renewal?
  • 3D Beam forming
  • Beam Forming antenna trials


Challenges and Requirements for Active Antenna Deployments

Senior Expert, Mobile Access





Networking Lunch



Mobile Operator Perspectives (continued)


  • Considering antenna upgrade paths - requirements may be same form factor due to planning restrictions
  • Antennas in RAN share scenarios
  • Supporting greater number of Bands - 700, 800, 850, 900 (+LTE) L Band, 1.8 (+LTE), 1.9, 2.1 (+LTE) 2.3, 3.3 & 5G onwards....
  • New or additional antennas required limitation to the no. of bands a single antenna can support ~ Same band may support two technologies, i.e. LTE and GSM/UMTS
  • Support for Active Antennas ~ Beam steering support
    • Introduction into a Network as and when feasible size, weight & maintenance
    • How would this be supported in a shared RAN-Life cycle to active devices?
  • Greater orders of MIMO & high order sectorisation
    • Are the products available or when will they be ready?
    • How do we deploy in a RAN share?
  • Network Optimization and availability ~ Antenna swaps and bearings
    • With antenna swaps there is a down-time (customer impact)
    • Does it invoke an optimized element to manage existing and new technologies due to a legacy configuration
  • SON enhancements
    • As the Network is constantly evolving how can operators utilize SON to maximize performance gains



Active Antenna Systems Standards Review, Future Requirements and Expectations

Project Manager





OEM Perspectives


  • Assessing AAS features for LTE and LTE-A
  • Case study for vertical sectorisation
  • How can scalable beams help?
  • Reconfigurable antenna systems integrated with SON
  • Microwave antenna propagation
  • Assessing PIM challenges - case study for multiband antennas
  • Upper side lobe suppression
  • Vertical angle spread – how narrow vertical beam should be? (physical constrains)
  • Dynamic horizontal beam forming
  • Trade-offs in horizontal sectorisation - alternative for static multi-sector sites?
  • 3D channel modeling and horizontal angle spread in multipath environment – what parameters should have the optimal AAS if dynamic beam forming is activated?


Reconfigurable Antenna Systems and 3D Channel Modeling (topic TBC)

Expert, Multi-Antenna Systems



Active Antenna Systems - Value Leader for Mobile Broadband Networks

Director of Joint Innovation Management Dept.





Networking Break



OEM Perspectives (continued)


  • Beam switching between modules integrated within single radome antenna with baseband beam forming capability
  • Innovative high level concept of Horizontal Beam Switching + Virtual Vertical Sectorisation; does it make sense?
  • Stripped-down antenna/radio units for Centralized-RAN
  • Separate antennas optimized to work with urban small base stations
  • Converged WiFi/cellular systems - opportunities, challenges?
  • Assessing DAS, Small Cell and other indoor solutions



Massive MIMO: Essential Component Technology for 5G

Sr. Research Specialist





Advancing Network Capacity through Antenna Technology


Dir., Wireless Network Engineering





Antenna Evolution Panel

How can the Antenna Eco-System Help Mobile Operations Meet Continuing Network Challenges?

Technical Dev. Strategist 


Panelists Include:





Technical Dev. Strategist



Networking Dinner


Restaurant: Folk Gospoda



September 17





Mobile Operator Perspectives (continued)


  • In search of cost- effective antenna solutions for dense urban deployments


Virtual Small Cells


R&D Engineer



Technology Enablers

  • Radio access in next generations networks
  • Massive MIMO - trials and research projects
  • AAS evolution path - active antennas performance
  • 3GPP standardization aspects, direction and performance expectations
  • Beam-steering features as a next step of evolution for AAS
  • What are the alternatives for AAS technologies?
    • Multi-Radio Passive Antennas, RRUs
    • Small Cells
    • Outdoor DAS
  • PA and component Advances?
  • Trade-offs of AAS – Addressing reduced flexibility in macro layer evolution
  • Standardization of AAS-BBU interface and its impact on AAS evolution
  • OTA measurement techniques for development and conformance testing
  • Radio access in next generation networks
  • Massive MIMO - trials and research projects


Boosting the Capacity of Mobile Wireless Networks with High Definition Active Antenna Arrays




Millimeter-Wave and Massive MIMO for 5G

Program Director, Perceptive Systems for the Internet of Things





Technology Enablers (User Equipment perspective)

Handset Antenna Properties and Their  Influence on Massive MIMO System Performance

Master Engineer,
Network Technology Lab 




Networking Break


Technology Enablers (continued)

OTA Testing of Base Stations

 Senior Antenna Specialist


Current Developments and Future Challenges in Radiated Testing of MIMO Devices

Lead Technologist



Networking Lunch



Antenna Evolution

Passive Antenna Considerations, Economics, Evolution, and Innovation

Chief Technology Officer


Technology Enablers (continued)

  • RF Architectures
  • Component Innovation and Advances
  • MIMO and mmWave
  • OTA Validation
  • Adaptive Antenna Needs (throughput, link budget, energy consumption)
  • Technical Consequences (parallelism, resulting in size / power consumption / signaling overhead)
  • Case Studies and Examples (connected arrays; massive MIMO
  • Considering TBps hot-spot concepts
  • Assessing PCB material types
  • Exploring key antenna properties and PIM characterization


RFIC Architectures and Technologies for Massive MIMO at mmWave Frequencies


Technical Marketing Manager




Active Antennas to Massive MIMO - System Analysis


Principal Systems Architect



High Frequency PCB Material Considerations for Use in Active Antennas


Senior Business Development Manager | Advanced Connectivity Solutions




Networking Break



Technology Enablers (continued)


Adaptive Base Station Antenna Arrays - Concepts and Constraints


Professor, Institute of Radio Frequency Technology



New Architectures of Antenna Arrays with Beam Steering Boosting

PhD Student









Active Antenna System Investigation


RAN Principal Engineer



Takeaways and Closing Remarks




Dinner (Dutch*)


*= in this context, Dutch is a term which means that each person will be responsible for their own dinner costs.


 For those who desire to join us, we get together to enjoy good friends, good food and good wine.


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    Deadline for electronic version of presentation/handout materials: Thursday, September 3, 2015

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    Hotel Novotel Warszawa Centrum
    ul Marszalkowska 94/98
    00-510 WARSAW, Poland
    Phone: +48 22 5960000
    Fax: +48 22 5960647
    Email: [email protected]

    You may make your hotel reservations by calling the hotel directly +48-22 5960000 or send an email to [email protected]; please mention IWPC when making your reservation.  The IWPC room block rate is 419 PLN per night.

    The cut-off date for reservations is Monday, August 24, 2015.  After that date, rooms cannot be guaranteed at the IWPC rate.

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