Antenna Evolution Towards 5G

Antenna Evolution Towards 5G

Exploring Massive MIMO, Beam Steering and Advanced Antenna Systems.

Hosted by:



September 24-27, 2018


Renaissance Paris La Defense,
A Marriott Hotel

Paris, France



Limited to 100 seats

First Registered, First Served!

Attendance open to all IWPC Members


Following on from last years workshop in Bristol, UK, Orange will host IWPC members in Paris to share views on the potential for 5G antenna deployment on legacy sites, new vertical market requirements, Internet of Things (IoT) and other connected technology use-cases. This workshop will give IWPC members the opportunity to discuss and debate trials and experiments carried out by Orange and other global leaders, as well as assessing new innovation, implementation challenges and barriers to success.

Workshop Goals

  • Understand the critical role of the antenna facet in the delivery of 5G
  • Assess simulations and performance outputs from lab tests and trials
  • Explore Massive MIMO for fast moving vehicles
  • Examine sub-6GHz massive MIMO and array gain / beamforming developments
  • Understand EMF constrains for massive MIMO deployments
  • Assess the evolution to cost-effective antenna systems and solutions


September 24


7:00 PM

Evening Reception and Registration

At Hotel 


September 25


7:00 AM


8:00 AM

Welcome and Introductions


9:00 AM


  • Test, trials activities, results and roadmap
  • Massive MIMO use cases including for fast moving vehicles
  • How can the industry mitigate EMF in massive MIMO and Beam Steering
  • 5G system requirements
  • Exploring low power, low cost hybrid solutions
  • Massive MIMO simulations and performance outputs (sub-6GHz and mmWave)
  • Massive MIMO implementation aspects


Keynote Presentation


Senior Project Manager, Technical Strategy

10:00 AM

Networking Break


10:40 AM

Mobile Operator and Vertical Market Perspectives

  • Challenges of 5G system deployment
  • Deployment strategies
  • Assessing antenna technology for 5G (Massive MIMO, Beam Steering, Advanced Antenna Systems)
  • Implementation and Deployment
  • Antenna infrastructure and performance requirements
  • What can be achieved when using M-MIMO? is it all about throughput or will it play a role in delivering additional services
  • Advanced and Flexible Massive MIMO Antenna
  • All in one or Flexible Multiband Antenna
  • (3D) antenna patterns of AAS
  • Migration towards 5G antennas
  • Future proof solutions
  • Multiband massive MIMO. Combinations with conventional MIMO
  • Use cases for mMIMO
  • mmW 28/39/60 GHz use cases and challenges
  • Maturity for deployment from day 1 in 5G
  • Antenna architecture options for 5G deployments (low band, mid band, and high band)
  • What is the real business case for Operators to deploy mMIMO - how extensive will this be?
  • Why is mmWave being explored by a few operators (in US, Far East) but not in EU?
  • What are operators looking to deploy, beyond  trials
  • Will AAS (Massive MIMO) replace and/or add to current site infrastructure
  • Replacement cycle and rate of 4G with 5G MIMO and Beam Steering
  • Automotive use case - how many antennas? Base vs premium case


Three Questions and Two Beliefs for Introducing 5G NR and Massive MIMO


Senior Researcher



  • AT&T

  • BT

  • China Mobile

  • Deutsche Telekom

  • DoCoMo

  • EE

  • Ford

  • General Motors

  • Korea Telecom

  • KPN

  • SK Telecom

  • Softbank

  • Sprint

  • Telefonica

  • Telecom Italia

  • Telia

  • Toyota

  • Verizon

  • Vodafone


12:00 Noon

Networking Lunch


1:00 PM

OEM Perspectives

  • State of Advanced Antennas, architectures of advanced antennas
  • Massive MIMO architecture
  • Results from real world trials
  • AAS/Massive MIMO coverage vs capacity
  • Applicability of beamforming in coverage uplink limited systems
  • 5G on mm-bands (e.g. 28/39GHz)
  • Antenna systems roadmaps
  • What will be supported in 4.5G and the transition to 5G
  • Low band issues: 700/800/900 MHz combinations and PIM issues
  • UL vs DL coverage and throughputs
  • AAS Network Planning & Deployment
  • How these new antenna systems will be used in a dual connectivity (EN-DC), simultaneously with legacy LTE antennas
  • Field performance of different Massive-MIMO configurations
  • Cost, weight, power tradeoffs with Massive-MIMO
  • Requirements on traditional BS antennas with the introduction of active antennas
  • Development on BS RF interface to support such requirements
  • Upgrade scenarios and site structures
  • Evolution of Passive and Active/integrated antennas
  • Massive MIMO, Beamforming, TDD-FDD Antennas
  • mm-wave, limitations and reality orientations
  • Performance improvements in mmWave of beam steering
  • mmWave antenna solutions, M-MIMO/beam steering for in-door applications below 6 GHz
  • Multi frequency band handling antennas
  • Antenna system evolution and practical challenges on-site
  • 5G- Massive MIMO (for low and high Freq)
  • Migration from legacy Antennas to Active Antennas - Best practices and lessons learnt.
  • Operator vision on technical challenges for deployments
  • Technical vision on next generation mMIMO systems / equipment -
  • Practical considerations (and first trials results) on mMIMO order vs increased data rate-
  • OPEX consideration moving from 4G network (4x4 / 8x8) to mMIMO network (16T to 64T)

Active Antenna Systems/Massive MIMO


Senior Expert, Multi Antenna Systems


Massive MIMO: A key feature for 3GPP New Radio-Standards and Performance


Department Head-Radio Interface Group, SR Lab




Presentation Title TBC


Subject Matter Expert














3:00 PM

Networking Break


3:40 PM

OEM Perspectives Continued

  • Massive MIMO Antenna implementation
  • Deployment models that work for massive MiMo - density, transport network, DU concentration
  • 5G Overview, 5G in Vehicle communication
  • Antenna specification, requirements for 5G
  • RF Propagation handoff, Backhaul, Edge interface with RAN
  • The coexistence between 4G and 5G antennas
  • Integrated vs Connectorized antennas
  • Multi-band small-cell antennas
  • Depending on the complexity of the deployed systems - When will handsets be available?
  • Sub-6GHz massive MIMO
  • Advanced and Flexible Massive MIMO Antenna
  • All in one or Flexible Multiband Antennas
  • How beam steering techniques can bring benefit to 5G systems, specifically sub 6 GHz
  • Ideal location
  • Does the frontend and basebend to be combine?
  • Transmission losses
  • Migration towards 5G antennas. Future proof solutions
  • Multiband massive MIMO. Combinations with conventional MIMO
  • 3GPP Status esp. as it relates to Antenna design, modeling etc.
  • Regulatory requirements

Challenges for the Evolution from current Technology to 5G?


Sr. Project Manager



Practice Deployment Issues and Passive Antenna Development to Support M-MIMO Deployments


Director, Mobile Network Engineering











5:00 PM

Panel Discussion


Mobile Operators 

5:40 PM



7:00 PM

Networking Dinner


September 26


7:00 AM



8:00 AM

System Innovation

  • Degrees of freedom in various real world environments
  • Practical antenna designs and methods for beam steering; how the 3GPP standard sees its implementation
  • Ways to apply beam steering to 4G LTE
  • mmWave antenna structures and solutions
  • Understanding the usage of the mechanical motor system in antenna steering for 5G Massive MIMO
  • mmWave active antennas, hybrid beam forming
  • Radiation pattern measurements in the field of AAS in the 3.4 to 4.2 GHz band
  • (3D) antenna patterns of AAS
  • xRAN initiatives and maintaining healthy eco-system of vendors
  • Standalone Active Antenna vs Hybrid Passive/Active Antenna for 3.5GHz mMIMO
  • Beamforming on new frequencies and use cases (e.g. beamforming to optimized throughput vs adsorbed power, beamforming and mobility on millimeter frequencies).
  • Site acquisition for 5G related issues
  • Standardisation of communication protocols for active antennas: how to make active antennas agnostic vs base stations
  • OTA - massiveMIMO and beamforming NF-FF aspects, various methods and analysis of plane waves and quite zones
  • Interference challenges
  • FR2 Antenna Ideas
  • Backhaul evolution to support 5G
  • Self-backhauling in massive MIMO systems
  • Potential options/locations/designs for 5G antennas in automotive industry
  • 5G transition/migration plans - NR/LTE interoperability
  • Large Scale Antenna Systems (LSAS)

Lessons Learned from Commercial Trials with Multi-Site Cluster of RF Coherent Massive MIMO Antennas














10:00 AM

Networking Break


10:40 AM

System Innovation and Technology Enablers

  • Innovative Advanced Antenna Concepts
  • Use cases for mMIMO
  • 5G RF front-end
  • Antenna architecture options for 5G deployments (low band, mid band, and high band)
  • Spectral Efficiency - can MIMO and other technologies within a macro style deployment off-set the need for small cells or other approaches.
  • Can a mix of existing methods achieve better results than small cell densification in urban or dense urban scenario
  • mMIMO antennas technologies, challenges
  • Potential and limitation of 5G mMIMO particularly for moving vehicles
  • What is realistic way to implement 5G-NR (mmWave) system onto vehicle?
  • How to implement massive numbers of 5G-sub6GHz antennas onto vehicle? e.g. 4x4MIMO + 2x2MIMO for DSDA etc.
  • Hybrid beamforming
  • Active antenna architectures, constraints, problems to solve
  • Beamsteering and beamshaping front-ends
  • All in one solution for 5G antenna + 4G
  • Array configurations
  • Antenna designs for CA and DC
  • Millimeter wave array architectures--RF front end implementation
  • Beam scan range & radiation element polarization requirements
  • Passive vs active antenna


Radio Technology for AAS-How much Bandwidth is enough? 


‎Director, Wireless Technology



RF Sampling for Multi-band AAS Radios 


‎Systems Manager

Wireless Infrastructure Product Line













12:00 Noon

Networking Lunch


1:00 PM

Enabling Technologies

  • Radio requirements for AAS – TDD v FDD
  • How does FDD drive need for multiband radio capability
  • Radio architectures for AAS
  • Comparison of radio architecture solutions -  Transceiver based - RF Converter Based
  • Considerations for filtering, power amplifier efficiency, etc.
  • Active MIMO antennas, beam forming
  • Components associated with advanced antenna systems
  • Material needs to implement 5G
  • Challenges in mmwave antenna design from a materials perspective. Electrical, thermal issues relating to radomes, active/integrated antennas
  • Resolving internal PIM-related issues
  • Open interface and Tx power requirements
  • Massive MIMO solutions using hybrid and other approaches for sub 6GHz and mmWave
  • Embedded antennas for 20GHz + frequencies
  • System analysis and conclusion of use-cases/deployment scenerios for 1D and 2D beam steering
  • Exploring gap waveguide antenna technology
  • Building practices and thermal handling in multilayer antenna solutions
  • Understanding requirements on PCB materials and functions
  • Beam steering from UE standpoint, specific to UAVs (i.e. - need for low weight even with low band) and vehicles.
  • Information concerning handheld device antenna design in the NR bands below 6 GHz and those in the mmW frequency range
  • Industrialization of 5G Advanced Antenna; Challenges and Opportunities with high-volume mmWave antenna manufacturing
  • Beamforming and Massive-MIMO in 3.5GHz bands
  • Multi band designs for sub 6 GHz spectrum
  • Determination of CSI in mmWave/finding optimal paths for spatial multiplexing; discussion of the expected rank of MIMO systems in mmWave
  • Components associated with advanced antenna systems as well as more details on Massive MIMO architecture
  • Key materials employed for the antennas in RAN nodes from femtocell to macro cell/basestation for mmWave implementations of 5G topologies
  • Cell coverage vs Traffic beam steering
  • Massive MIMO antennas and RFIC techniques
  • New Connectors like nex10 or DIN2.2-5
  • Architecture of the RF chains in hybrid beamforming
  • Connections between radio board and radiating elements of the LSAS, including board-to-board connectors, filters etc.
  • Technology roadmap: (when) will purely digital beamforming replace hybrid beamforming LSAS?
  • Beamsteering - which EIRP figures are required for which use case
  • Link budget for data versus reference signals
  • mMIMO UL/DL protocol/frame structure design
  • Polarization and range
  • Landscape for product development to support electronics packaging
  • System level EIRP and link budget requirements
  • Beamforming requirements for multi-user spacial streams
  • Materials of MIMO antennas
  • Beam steering , null steering , Multi user MIMO
  • Challenges brought by massive MIMO to the RF Front-End
  • Beam management challenges for mobility in mmWave range (FR2)
  • Low band issues: 700/800/900 MHz combinations and PIM issues
  • mm-wave, limitations and reality orientations
  • Antenna/front-end system requirements for BS, CPE and UE - What efficiency is necessary to enable each one?
  • Beamforming for Sub-6GHz applications
  • MIMO TX coding

Front-End Beamforming ICs for 5G mmWave Antennas


‎Director of Product Development and 5G

System Analysis and Implementation of  GHz AAS for 5G


‎Product & System Manager



Industrialization of Phased Array Antennas


‎Chief Technologist








3:00 PM

Networking Break


3:30 PM

Test and Validation Panel

  • Measurement challenges and updates on 3GPP status for system and antenna measurements including FR2
  • 5G Test and Measurement requirements
  • OTA - massiveMIMO and beamforming NF-FF aspects, various methods and analysis of plane waves and quite zones
  • Testing challenges within a beam rather than cell centric networks
  • Ensuring reliable real-world performance of 5G technology
  • Modeling and simulation across multiple physics
  • Considering thermal and structural issues
  • Requirements and Challenges of Testing of the mMIMO/3D Beamforming Environment
  • Testing of 5G handsets using reverberation chambers - sub<6 and mm-wave frequencies
  • Testing beamforming antennas in reverberation chambers
  • Advanced network planning to priortize investements in Massive MIMO systems
  • Key challenges of modeling highly complex antenna systems in radio simulations
  • Why beam steering technologies requires full 3D network planning and optimization?
  • Taking multipath propagation estimates to the next level for Massive MIMO technologies.

Measurement Challenges and Updates on 3GPP System and Antenna Measurements


‎5G Program Manager



Over-the-Air Testing of 5G-Enabled Devices





OTA-massive MIMO and Beamforming NF-FF Apects


‎Technology Manager



Ensuring reliable real-world performance of 5G Technology


‎Director, High Tech Industry



How Massive MIMO and 5G are Changing the RF Planning and Optimization Paradigms


‎Product Management Director for RAN Solutions





















5:30 PM

Closing Discussion


5:40 PM



September 27


9:30 AM- 12:30 PM

Demonstrations at Orange Gardens Labs

44 Avenue de la Republique, 92320, Chatillon

  • Massive MIMO (MM) for fast moving vehicles
  • Communication with no RF transmission
  • EMF constrains for Massive MIMO
  • Hardware evolution to low cost solution
  • Massive MIMO simulations and performance outputs based on Orange tests (sub 6GHz and mmWaves)
  • Massive MIMO implementation aspects


Bus from Hotel at 08:00 


Welcome and Introduction (09:30)


‎Wireless Technology Evolution Director



Making Massive MIMO Beamforming Work for High Speed Connected Vehicles


‎Project Manager and Senior R&D Manager




Battery-Free Connected Objects Leveraging Backscattering in Mobile Networks


‎Project Manager and Senior R&D Engineer




Demonstrations and Additional Presentations


‎Research & Development Team
















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