Millimeter wave bands create new opportunities for 5G, but they also introduce challenges for planning and performance. Technologies like FD-MIMO help to overcome some of these challenges but present additional complexities to the ways that base stations and user equipment (UE) communicate, increasing the importance of effective simulation tools that clarify how the environment and these advanced technologies interact.
In this webinar, we use Wireless InSite MIMO with new beamforming capabilities that are in development to generate FD-MIMO beams and estimate data throughput between base stations and UE’s in an urban environment. After predicting the ideal throughput for a single user as a best case, we evaluate throughput for multi-user MIMO employing beamforming to transmit simultaneously to multiple users across three small cells in a downtown urban scene. We then give a brief review of some of the real-world challenges that beamforming systems face in their attempts to gather accurate channel state information that is critical to their success.