Demystifying 5G and the Evolution to Massive MIMO for Increased Capacity and Profit
What is the motivation for 5G from an operator’s perspective? This webinar explores two critical technologies for evolving 4G into 5G: virtualization of the baseband processing and massive MIMO antenna arrays. Baseband virtualization can result in 50 % lower operating expenses (OPEX) for cellular operators while increasing network capacity by implementing enhanced coordinated multipoint (CoMP). Massive MIMO replaces existing separate radio units and passive antennas with an integrated transceiver plus antenna arrays to create an active antenna system with the coexistence of beamforming and MU-MIMO architectures. While both technologies are considered critical for 5G, they are already being developed for integration into existing TD-LTE networks. In this webinar, the challenges facing massive MIMO deployment and measurement will be briefly addressed, and over-the-air (OTA) measurements for 5G mmWave radio equipment based on Rohde & Schwarz benchtop OTA solutions will be demonstrated.