5G antenna technology generally will provide higher through-put of up to 10 Gbps, better spectral efficiency [bps/Hz], lower latency in the order of 0-5ms, making it the ideal technology for the capacity hungry communications networks of the near future. Typical applications will include UHD, 4K video feed through for multiple devices at a time.
In order to support increased traffic capacity and to enable the transmission bandwidths needed to support very high data rates, 5G will extend the range of frequencies used for mobile communication in legacy LTE/4G systems as well as leverage the new Radio Access Technology for 5G called, ‘NX’. ‘NX will focus on new frequencies, this includes new spectrum at sub 6GHz, as well as spectrum in higher frequency bands at mmW. The new standards will be addressed in 3GGP release 14
Taoglas envisages that 5G antenna technology will be a combination of sub 6GHz antenna systems as well as mmW antenna systems, the latter will work just below 30 GHz and also from 30 GHz to 77 GHz. There is particular emphasis from a hardware and network deployment view point on the 28 GHz.
3GGP Release 14 also discusses MU-Massive MIMO which uses a large number of antennas, typically 64/128/256 or more antennas for Multi-user MIMO and/or 2 dimensional beamforming.
Taoglas 5G antenna technology offerings will leverage both the sub 6GHz and mmW frequency space to give ubiquitous coverage and capacity for networks of the future. We believe that the C band can offer a good compromise for range vs coverage for MU Massive MIMO beamforming antenna technology. This is demonstrated in our product offering of the 5-6 GHz Massive MIMO Base Station Antennas, namely the MCM 100 with 64 elements 19dBi effective gain. Digital beamforming can be incorporated in the base band processor of the radios connected to each of the individual antennas.
On the mmW front we have high gain and wideband bandwidth beamforming capable antennas, suitable for high capacity use on UE side for short to medium distances. An example application would be UHD video download on a 5G router in a home. The Taoglas KSF300.A Ka band fan beam antenna can be used in an AP or Router for high speed internet connectivity.
|5-6GHz C-Band Massive MIMO Phased Array|
|27-28.5GHz Ka-Band Phased Array Fan Beam Antenna|
|55GHz Fixed Beam Array|
|71-76GHz E-Band Massive MIMO Scalable 2×2 Array|
|77GHz E-Band Lens Array Antenna|