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The performance enhancement of multibeam adaptive base-station antennas for cellular land mobile radio systems

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Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)56 - 67
Number of pages2
JournalIEEE Transactions on Vehicular Technology
Issue number1
StatePublished - Feb 1990


The problem of meeting the proliferating demands for mobile telephony within the confinement of the limited radio spectrum allocated to these services is addressed. A multiple-beam adaptive base-station antenna is proposed as a major system component in an attempt to solve this problem. The approach is demonstrated by employing an antenna array capable of resolving the angular distribution of the mobile users as seen at the base-station site, and then using this information to direct beams toward either lone mobiles, or groupings of mobiles, for both transmit and receive modes of operation. The energy associated with each mobile is thus confined within the addressed volume, greatly reducing the amount of cochannel interference experienced from and by neighboring cochannel cells. To ascertain the benefits of such an antenna, the conventional and proposed antenna systems are modeled in a typical mobile radio environment. For a given performance criterion, the theoretical results indicate that a significant increase in the spectral efficiency, or capacity, of the network is obtainable with the proposed antenna

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Publisher: Institute of Electrical and Electronic Engineers, Inc. (IEEE) Rose publication type: Journal article Terms of use: Copyright © 1990 IEEE. Reprinted from IEEE Transactions on Vehicular Technology. 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

    Research areas

  • Multibeam, land mobile radio systems, antennas

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