Dynamic Group-Based Antenna Selection for Uplink Multi-User MIMO in Distributed Antenna System


IEICE TRANSACTIONS on Communications   Vol.E101-B   No.7   pp.1552-1560
Publication Date: 2018/07/01
Online ISSN: 1745-1345
DOI: 10.1587/transcom.2017CQP0012
Type of Manuscript: Special Section PAPER (Special Section on Communication Quality in Wireless Networks)
multi-user multiple-input multiple-output (MU-MIMO),  distributed antenna system (DAS),  antenna selection,  ray-tracing method,  cable loss,  

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This paper proposes a hardware configuration for uplink multi-user multiple-input multiple-output (MU-MIMO) transmissions in a distributed antenna system (DAS). The demand for high-speed transmission in the uplink has increased recently, because of which standardizations in LTE-advanced and IEEE 802.11ax networks is currently underway. User terminal (UT) scheduling on the downlink MU-MIMO transmission is easy even in unlicensed band such as those in wireless local area network (WLAN) systems. However, the detailed management of the UTs is difficult on the uplink MU-MIMO transmissions because of the decentralized wireless access control. The proposed configuration allows an antenna to be selected from an external device on the access point (AP). All AP antennas are divided into groups, and the received signal in each group is input to the amplitude detector via a directional coupler. Subsequently, the selected antenna is fed by a multiple-to-one switch instead of a matrix switch. To clarify the effectiveness of the proposed configuration, we conduct computer simulations based on the ray-tracing method for propagation channels in an indoor environment.