5G beamforming for massive MIMO and millimeter wave enablement

Originally posted on RCRWireless.com on February 7, 2019

What is beamforming? Massive MIMO antennas, which increase data throughput and spectrum efficiency by adding transmit and receive elements to antennas, and high-frequency, high-capacity millimeter wave spectrum are both synonymous with 5G. But beyond the antennas and spectrum, advanced signal processing techniques like beamforming are key to delivering 5G.

The goal of beamforming and companion technology beam steering is to transmit directly to a user and, in some cases, extend the range of RF transmissions. Beamforming techniques essentially shape radio waves through adjustment s to phase and amplitude to make them more powerful and targeted. So instead of blasting coverage out throughout a cell, beamforming can direct coverage where it’s needed.

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