A spectrum efficient cellular base-station antenna architecture

SC Swales, MA Beach

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A multiple beam adaptive base-station antenna is proposed to complement other solutions, such a spectrum efficient modulation, currently being developed to meet the proliferating demands for enhanced capacity in mobile communications. This novel approach employs an antenna array capable of resolving the angular distribution of the mobile users as seen at the base-station site, and then utilising this information to direct beams towards either lone mobiles, or groupings of mobiles, for both transmit and receive modes of operation. The energy associated with each mobile is thus confined to an addressed volume, greatly reducing the amount of co-channel interference experienced from and by neighbouring co-channel cells, and resulting in an increase in the overall network capacity. The realisation of such an antenna architecture and its inclusion within existing and future networks is addressed, demonstrating the feasibility of this approach
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationIEE 6th International Conference on Mobile Radio and Personal Communications, 1991
PublisherInstitution of Engineering and Technology (IET)
Pages272 - 279
ISBN (Print)0852965303
Publication statusPublished - Dec 1991

Bibliographical note

Sponsorship: The authors wish to express their gratitude to the U.K. SERC and British Telecom Research Labs. for their financial support. Special thanks also go to Prof. J.P. McGeehan for initiating this research and to Miles Butcher from the Antennas Group at BTRL for hls invaluable assistance


  • directive antennas
  • antenna phased arrays
  • cellular radio


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