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Application of sectorised antennas and STBC to increase the capacity of hot spot WLANs in an interworked WLAN/3G network

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Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)2962 - 2966
Number of pages4
JournalIEEE 59th Vehicular Technology Conference, 2004 (VTC 2004-Spring)
StatePublished - May 2004
Event59th Vehicular Technology Conference 2004 (VTC 2004-Spring) - Milan, Italy


At present, wireless local area networks (WLANs) supporting broadband multimedia communication are being developed around the world. Standards include HIPERLAN/2 and the IEEE 802.11 family. These systems provide channel adaptive data rates up to 54 Mbps over short ranges up to 200 meters. It is likely that WLANs will become an important complementary technology to 3G cellular systems and will typically be used to provide 'hot-spot' coverage. The complementary use of WLANs with and without sectorised antennas in conjunction with UMTS is presented. Additionally, results are presented for the case where STBC (space time block codes) are considered as a means of enhancing WLAN performance. It is shown that significant enhancements in both coverage and capacity can be achieved in both cases

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Publisher: Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers (IEEE) Name and Venue of Conference: Vehicular Technology Conference 2004 (VTC 2004-Spring) Conference Organiser: Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers (IEEE) Rose publication type: Conference contribution Sponsorship: This work has been performed under the framework of the European Union IST ROMANTIK project Terms of use: Copyright © 2004 IEEE. Reprinted from Proceedings of IEEE 59th Vehicular Technology Conference, Spring-2004. This material is posted here with permission of the IEEE. Such permission of the IEEE does not in any way imply IEEE endorsement of any of the University of Bristol's products or services. Internal or personal use of this material is permitted. However, permission to reprint/republish this material for advertising or promotional purposes or for creating new collective works for resale or redistribution must be obtained from the IEEE by writing to By choosing to view this document, you agree to all provisions of the copyright laws protecting it. Contributor (Other): Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers (IEEE)

Research areas

  • sectorised antennas, STBC, WLANs, HIPERLAN/2, hot-spot


59th Vehicular Technology Conference 2004 (VTC 2004-Spring)

Duration1 May 2004 → …

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