May 17-19, 2016


Embassy Suites

3225 - 158th Avenue SE
Bellevue, WA 98008


Limited to 100 seats

First Registered, First Served!

Attendance open All IWPC Members


Considering the evolution of multi-band antennas, progress in active antennas for LTE and on the route to 5G. This workshop will consider how service providers will deploy broadband and multi-band antennas, how active antenna systems must evolve to meet continuing RAN performance challenges and support for denser capacity layers. We will explore challenges and opportunities for deployment and validation of these systems.

Workshop Goals

  • Understand how and why service providers will introduce and roll out broadband and multiband antennas into their network
  • Explore tighter antenna technology integration, smarter beam forming antennas and MIMO
  • Assess state-of-the-art technology enablers - distributed amplifiers, connectors and components
  • Understand 4G opportunities and the route towards 5G
  • Assess opportunities and challenges for mmWave band systems
  • Assess test and evaluation challenges - Understand how PIM and other OPEX challenges will be addressed




May 17

2:00 PM

T-Mobile "Walk in My Shoes" Tour

Bus to depart from the hotel at 1:30 pm

Limited Registration, first come-first served


7:00 PM

Evening Reception and Registration







May 18

7:00 AM

Coffee and Registration


8:00 AM



Welcomes and Introductions


8:30 AM


  • How will operators introduce and roll out AAS into their network?
  • Driving antenna innovation and evolution for macro and small cell deployments
  • Exploring tighter antenna technology integration and smarter beam forming antennas
  • Distributed amplifiers and phase shifters
  • Reducing tower top footprints and wind loading Advances in signal processing for beam forming antennas
  • Adaptive and beam forming antennas
  • SDMA (spatial division multiple access) to create pencil beams that spatially separate each sector
  • Can apertures several times larger than those on the market be delivered
  • Exploring more sophistication to exploit logical beams, radio channel estimations, and radio resource scheduling (in LTE).
  • Steering and MIMO
  • What may be coming in the future?

In Pursuit of Capacity: Exploring Antenna Technology


RAN Principal Engineer


10:00 AM

Networking Break


10:40 AM

Carrier Perspectives

  • Market outlook and rollout strategy
  • MIMO and Steering Antennas
  • Passive antenna evolution
  • When can we expect cost effective active antennas
  • Assessing PIM issues
  • What solutions are being proposed for congested hot spots?
  • How will the evolution of 4x4 [TDD & FDD] to 8x8 will evolve?
  • Will the evolution to pre-5G antennas - 64x64 be accommodated with existing implementations?
  • How is the performance of the compact Active Antenna Systems?
  • Trade-offs of deploying highly integrated antennas.
  • In search of flexibility – evolving towards highly integrated solutions
  • Interoperability between vendors – plug and play
  • Massive MIMO and 3-D MIMO
  • Performance of arrays.  Support for multiple bands.

Evolution in the Evaluation of Wireless Technology Strategies


Wireless Technology Strategist


Bell Mobility



Macro Layer Evolution towards Active Antenna Mass Deployment


Senior Project Manager


12:00 Noon

Networking Lunch


1:00 PM

OEM Perspectives

  • What is the business case for advanced base station antennas and the evidence that they provide meaningful performance gains in the absence of any standards to set performance requirements?
  • How to integrate future 5G frequency bands into antennas which are already supporting 8 bands, especially when new bands will require massive MIMO
  • Assessing trade-offs between multiband support and beamforming/MIMO
  • Assessing potential gains tower owners and carriers see with more advanced antenna systems
  • Can smaller active antenna reduce towertop footprints?
  • Assessing radio/amplifier integration with antenna
  • Active element calibration and test.
  • Is AAS only planned for Macro sites?
  • What about the small cell/medium range Basestations?
  • Exploring phased arrays and all-in-one opportunities
  • Assessing the impact of 600MHz
  • How could LTE-U LAA fit into this?
  • Massive MIMO at sub-6GHz bands for 5G Metro-Cell/Mini-Macro Antennas
  • Low profile/wind-loading, 4x4MIMO antennas
  • 700/850Mhz LTE Four Branch Receive Benefits
  • C-RAN Small/MidCell Antenna Configurations
  • LTE Advanced - Roadmap to 8T8R
  • Mining tower space for 600MHz and 5G
  • Phased array solutions and plans for 5G infrastructure deployments

Advanced Antenna Systems


Expert/Multi Antenna Systems



Massive MIMO for 5G Wireless to the Home


R&D Engineer




Active Antenna System and Massive MIMO


Huawei Fellow

3:00 PM

Networking Break


3:40 PM

OEM Perspectives (continued)

Overview and Comparison of Several Multi-beam Antenna Architectures


Principal Antenna Engineer





Innovative Concepts and Simulation Studies on 4T FDD LTE Systems


Principal Engineer


5:00 PM

End of Day Panel

  • Considering 3GPP release 13, 14
  • How can the industry cost-effectively test and validate active antenna systems?
ATT Bell Mobility  

7:00 PM


Dinner - Salty's on Alki Beach

Bus Transportation provided -
bus to depart hotel at 6:15 pm



May 19 

7:00 AM

Coffee and Registration


8:00 AM


System and Technology Vendors
  • Smart / adaptive Antenna vs. Evolution of (Massive) MIMO
  • When will Massive MIMO be deployed in real networks?
  • TCO analysis and benefits of proposed architectures - how can this be analyzed or equated to current technology?
  • Planar AESA applications - how, when, where?
  • MIMO beam steering – trading-off space between ABF and DBF
  • Optimum sub-array size and guiding requirements
  • Thermal requirements and limitations Radio integration for sub 6GHz systems
  • Future antenna concepts - Phased arrays Tunable filter strategies for cellular M2M/IoT Indoor solutions.
  • Antenna integration - opportunities and trade-offs - how does this impact antenna vendors?
  • State of the art in phased array elements, beam steering, and MIMO
  • mm-Wave Antenna with beam steering and MIMO
  • Phased array elements
  • Analysis of RF performance requirements what output power/ 100 element antennas!
  • Spectral emissions
  • What needs to consider regarding legacy
  • What power levels are being envisioned?
  • Power levels, linearity, phased arrays
  • Reliability and availability of active antennas in respect of external influences

LTE Advanced, Densification and C-RAN






4xN MIMO vs. Sector Splitting – Throughput Comparison


Technical Sales Manager





Unlocking Capacity in Today’s 4G Networks (and Beyond) with High Definition Active Antenna Systems



10:00 AM

Networking Break


10:40 AM

System and Technology Vendors (continued)

Highly Integrated Silicon ASICs: An Enabling Technology for 5G AESAs


Chief Systems Architect





Realizing Active Antenna Form Factor Through Radio Integration and System Partition


CTO Infrastructure



12:00 Noon

Networking Lunch

1:00 PM


System and Technology Vendors (continued)

  • Where is the industry on “conformal” antennas with form factors that blend into the urban environment?
  • Moving away from usual panel with radome to meet aesthetics and zoning requirements
  • Requirements on power and communication connection at the antenna
  • How can active (phased arrays, steering, etc.) antennas be all combined into one antenna?
  • How can PIM and other parameters be addressed to handle active antennas?
  • Antenna integration with radio
  • Packaging and challenges for integrated antenna Implementation architectures being considered mm-wave antennas above 60 GHz
  • Amplifier integration at mmwave bands.
  • What are the requirements for street furniture and lamp post vibration and sway and how do they drive antenna beamwidth and mounting requirements?
  • Mounting techniques for quick install and alignment for fixed beam
  • Can beam steered antennas perform as well as dish?
  • How will functional reliability be secured after integration of more sensitive electronics in antennas?
  • Assessing power, loss and linearity specifications for phase shifters
  • Phased array elements
  • How will hardware evolve?
    • Cables and Connectors
    • Power Supplies
    • Surge Protection

Real-world experience with 60 GHz phased array antenna systems in outdoor wireless applications


Senior Manager, 60 GHZ Backhaul & Wireless Infrastructure




RF Front End of Active Phased Array Antenna for High SHF Wideband Massive MIMO in 5G


Head Researcher





Implementation of Integrated Antenna Systems


Site Solutions Product Line Manager





3:00 PM

Networking Break


3:30 PM


Test and Measurement

  • Test challenges for highly-integrated antennas (amps+antenna)
  • How will T&M companies validate components and systems to meet latest 3GPP standards?
  • What are the alternatives to conducted measurements?
    • Are chambers needed?
    • How do we characterize components?
    • What can be achieved with simulation?
    • How are out of band emissions measured?
  • Assessing antenna design flow from synthesis, to design, integration, and deployment
  • Exploring electromagnetics-based methods for fully coupled active phased array design.
  • Addressing effects of mutual coupling, beam-forming, MIMO, nonlinear drive circuits, and susceptibility to spurious harmonics and intermodulation
  • Can encrypted component modeling allow sharing model design while protecting critical intellectual property?
  • Assessing advanced cable modeling with 3D electromagnetics
  • Considering thermal, structural, and wind loading.
  • MIMO and Massive MIMO performance monitoring & optimization
  • Higher frequency antenna deployments (cmWave and mmWave) for mobile access Installation, Maintenance and troubleshooting
  • Antenna Simulation and Design
  • Testing and characterization of active antenna systems
  • PIM interference mitigation techniques

Active Antenna System Design Using Engineering Simulation


Application Engineer





Presentation title to be confirmed


Director, R&D



Practical Testing of Fiber-fed Radios


RF Applications Engineer






5:00 PM


Closing Panel

ATT Bell Mobility  
6:00 PM




7:00 PM

Dutch Dinner



  1. What is the deadline for presentation/handout materials?
  2. What can I do to prepare for speaking at an IWPC workshop?
  3. Who are the attendees?
  4. What are the costs/registrations fees?
  5. Hotel information?
  6. What are the travel options from the airport to the hotel?
  7. Are there any audiovisual requirements?
  8. Will business cards be collected?
  9. What is the dress code?
  10. How will handout materials be provided?
  1. What is the deadline for presentation/handout materials?

    Deadline for electronic version of presentation/handout materials: Friday, May 6th.

  2. What can I do to prepare for speaking an at IWPC workshop?

    Click on the link below for a short video guide regarding preparing for and improving your IWPC presentation:

    Video: IWPC Speaker Guidelines

  3. Who are the attendees?
    • We do not permit the Press.
    • We do not permit Analysts.
    • We do not permit Consultants.
    • We do not permit 3rd party sales reps.
    • We only permit "first hand knowledge experts" in business and technology issues, prepared to contribute to the discussion.
  4. What are the costs/registrations fees?

    ALL Hosts, Speakers, Panel Members and Attendees will be asked to cover out-of-pocket workshop costs such as conference room costs, food (Social Reception plus First Day breakfast/lunch/dinner plus Second Day breakfast/lunch plus Breaks), audio/visual costs, etc.

    These costs will be $897 (USD) per person. (For IWPC Members only.)

    ALL Hosts, Speakers, Panel Members and Attendees will be asked to pay this fee in advance with either Visa, MasterCard, American Express, cash, personal check or business check. Make checks payable to IWPC.

  5. Hotel information?

    Embassy Suites
    3225 - 158th Avenue SE
    Bellevue, WA 98008
    Phone: 425-644-2500

    The IWPC room block rate is $170.

    The cut-off date for reservations is Monday, April 25th. After that date, rooms cannot be guaranteed at the IWPC rate. Please reserve your room with the hotel directly by phone at 425-644-2500 and mention IWPC or code TO8. You can also make your room reservations on-line at: International Wireless Industry Consortium IWPC

  6. What are the travel options from the airport to the hotel?

    The hotel can provide an in house shuttle that works on the half hour basis to the local area only and the guests can schedule it with the front desk.  Taxis or town cars generally take about 30-45 minutes to/from the airport depending on the traffic. 


  7. Are there any audiovisual requirements?

    A Computer Projector will be available for the speakers.

    In addition, we audiotape all presentations and the interactive discussions. Post workshop, presentations are made available to IWPC Members on the IWPC WEB site, along with “recordings” of all presentations and panel sessions.

  8. Will business cards be collected?

    Business cards will be collected at the door from all attendees. We will make copies of these cards, which will be available to all who provided a business card.

  9. What is the dress code?

    Business casual suggested. No ties, please!

  10. How will handout materials be provided?

    For ALL IWPC members:

    All IWPC members are invited to submit materials to be included in the online workshop folder in the IWPC Research Library. This should NOT BE SALES MATERIALS. Rather, we suggest it contain technical information about your technology as it relates to the workshop topics.

    For all companies who will be making a presentation at the Workshop:

    You are invited to submit an advance copy of your presentation, complete with graphics and illustrations.

    These materials will be included on the IWPC website Research Library.

    Please submit these materials either by email, as a Word for Windows file, Power Point files or PDF files.


    • Go to www.iwpc.org
    • Click on IWPC Activities Tab
    • Under Workshops: Radio Access Networks Active Antenna Evolution
    • Click on Submit Presentation Proposal. Complete the form and attach your presentation.
    • Once we receive your presentation we will send an email confirmation.