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




  • 5G system requirements
  • 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
  • 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
  • Technical challenges for deployments
  • Migration towards 5G antennas
  • Multiband massive MIMO. Combinations with conventional MIMO
  • Use cases for massive MIMO
  • 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 to deploy mMIMO
  • 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

Questions and Beliefs for Introducing 5G NR and Massive MIMO


Senior Researcher



What is real Massive MIMO?


Director, Wireless Technology Development Dept.



Massive MIMO Mobility Performance and Requirements


Massive MIMO Engineer







12:30 Noon

Networking Lunch


1:30 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.
  • 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




5G BTS Antenna Systems at Sub 6GHz - R&D Challenges


Senior Antenna Specialist














3:30 PM

Networking Break


4:00 PM

OEM Perspectives, continued

  • Massive MIMO Antenna implementation
  • Deployment models that work for massive MiMo - density, transport network, DU concentration
  • The coexistence between 4G and 5G antennas
  • Integrated vs Connectorized antennas
  • 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
  • Multiband massive MIMO. Combinations with conventional MIMO
  • 3GPP Status esp. as it relates to Antenna design, modeling etc.
  • Regulatory requirements

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


Director, Mobile Network Engineering



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







5:20 PM

Panel Discussion


Mobile Operators 

6:10 PM



7:00 PM

Networking Dinner at Quai Ouest, Saint-Cloud


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
  • Standalone Active Antenna vs Hybrid Passive/Active Antenna for 3.5GHz mMIMO
  • Standardisation of communication protocols for active antennas: how to make active antennas agnostic vs base stations
  • Interference challenges
  • FR2 Antenna Ideas
  • 5G transition/migration plans - NR/LTE interoperability
  • Large Scale Antenna Systems (LSAS)

A New Antenna Systems Design Approach as applied to challenges in 5G and beyond





Challenges of MU-MIMO Antenna Design


‎Chief Technology Officer



Industrialization of Phased Array Antennas 

‎Chief Technologist





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?
  • Active antenna architectures, constraints, problems to solve
  • Beamsteering and beamshaping front-ends
  • Radio requirements for AAS-TDD v FDD
  • How does FDD drive need for multiband radio capability
  • Comparison of Radio architecture solutions
    • Tranceiver based-RF Converter Based
  • Considerations for filtering, power amplifier efficiency, etc.

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

  • Components associated with advanced antenna systems
  • Material needs to implement 5G
  • Understanding requirements on PCB materials and functions
  • Exploring gap waveguide antenna technology
  • Building practices and thermal handling in multilayer antenna solutions


Enabling 5G NR Massive MIMO Deployments


‎Director Technical Marketing




System Analysis and Implementation of GHz AAS for 5G


‎Senior Antenna Designer

2:20 PM

Test and Validation

  • Measurement challenges and updates on 3GPP status for system and antenna measurements including FR2
  • 5G Test and Measurement requirements





Measurement Challenges and Updates on 3GPP System and Antenna Measurements


‎5G Program Manager



OTA-massive MIMO and Beamforming NF-FF Aspects


‎Technology Manager

3:30 PM

Networking Break


4:00 PM

Test and Validation, continued

  • 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 investments 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.

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






Ensuring reliable real-world performance of 5G Technology


‎Lead Application Engineer



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


‎Product Management Director for RAN Solutions



5:30 PM

Closing Discussion


September 27


9:30 AM- 1:30 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 Refreshments (09:00)


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 Thanks to Backscattering in Mobile Networks


‎Project Manager and Senior R&D Engineer




Orange Views on Massive MIMO in sub 6 GHz Bands


‎Senior Technical Specialist and Project Manager



Electromagnetic Exposure (EMF) to Radio Waves induced by 5G Massive MIMO Antennas


‎Department Manager, Orange R&D Labs



Massive MIMO in 5G NR Networks


‎Senior Wireless Director



Summary and Closing Remarks


‎Senior Project Manager, Technical Strategy


  1. What is the deadline for presentation/handout materials?
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  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: Monday, September 10, 2018

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

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    Renaissance Paris La Defense, A Marriott Hotel
    260 Jardin de Valmy
    Paris, France 92918
    Phone: +33 1 41 97 50 50
    Hotel Website

    The IWPC room block rate is 219/night. The deadline for hotel reservations is Monday, August 20, 2018. After that date, rooms cannot be guaranteed at the IWPC rate. You can make your reservations at Book your group rate for IWPC Paris 2018.

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  7. Are there any audiovisual requirements?

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  10. How will handout materials be provided?

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