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indoor small-cell Networks with 3D MIMO Array Antennas

Objective

It is predicted that wireless network traffic will increase 1000 times in the next decade. The exponential traffic growth is not uniform across geographical areas and mainly takes place in indoor hot spots. Hence, high capacity indoor venues represent the biggest network capacity increase challenge.

The recently emerged 3D MIMO technology provides a promising dimension to provide extra capacity gain in hot spots. In particular, the 3D deployment of small cells (SCs) equipped with 3D MIMO antenna arrays will take advantage of 3D distribution of user equipment (UE) in typical high capacity venues, and represents an excellent technical combination to address the indoor high capacity challenge. The 3D deployment of SCs with 3D MIMO antenna arrays faces technical challenges ranging from 3D MIMO antenna array design, performance evaluation, the lack of understanding of 3D MIMO SC network performance limits to the optimal 3D SC network deployment.

The is3DMIMO project aims to address these technical challenges by assembling a team of four partners in the UK, Sweden and China with complementary expertise. During the project, the is3DMIMO consortium aims to achieve the following objectives:
• characterize and model indoor 3D MIMO channels for typical indoor environments;
• develop a reliable OTA antenna characterization method for 3D MIMO SCs;
• characterize OTA performance in laboratory conditions as compared to real-life 3D MIMO small cell scenarios;
• obtain fundamental understanding of the network performance gains achievable by 3D SCs with 3D MIMO antenna arrays;
• develop techniques for jointly optimizing the deployment locations of SC access points (APs) and their 3D MIMO configurations; and
• provide 3D MIMO SC network planning and deployment guidelines for typical 3D indoor scenarios.
The achievement of the above objectives will provide crucial inputs for multiple-antenna and 5G/B5G system design, and will increase network capacity in indoor hot spots by 20-30%.

Call for proposal

H2020-MSCA-RISE-2016
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Coordinator

THE UNIVERSITY OF SHEFFIELD
Address
Firth Court Western Bank
S10 2TN Sheffield
United Kingdom
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
EU contribution
€ 468 675

Participants (4)

CHALMERS TEKNISKA HOEGSKOLA AB
Sweden
EU contribution
€ 44 955
Address
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41296 Goeteborg
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
RANPLAN WIRELESS NETWORK DESIGN LTD
United Kingdom
EU contribution
€ 198 450
Address
Upper Pendrill Court Ermine Street North Papworth Everard
CB23 3UY Cambridge
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
GAPWAVES AB
Sweden
EU contribution
€ 10 665
Address
Banehagsgatan 22
414 51 Goteborg
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
UNIVERSITEIT TWENTE
Netherlands
EU contribution
€ 154 755
Address
Drienerlolaan 5
7522 NB Enschede
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments

Partners (3)

HARBIN INSTITUTE OF TECHNOLOGY
China
Address
West Da Zhi Street 92
150001 Harbin
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
CHONGQING UNIVERSITY OF POSTS AND TELECOMMUNICATIONS
China
Address
2 Chongwen Rd Nanshan Nanan
400065 Chongqing
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
Lanzhou University
China
Address
Tianshui Nanlu 222
730000 Lanzhou
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments