Most of the indoor coverage issues arise from net- work deployments that are usually planned for outdoor scenarios. Moreover, the ever-growing number of devices with different Radio Access Technologies (RATs), expected for new 5G scenarios and to maintain compatibility with older cellular standards (mostly 3G/4G), worsen this situation thus calling for novel bandwidth-efficient, low-latency and cost-effective solutions for indoor coverage. To solve this problem, Centralized Radio Access Network (C-RAN) architectures have been proposed to provide dense and controlled coverage inside buildings. However, all- digital C-RAN solutions are complex and expensive when indoor layout constraints and device costs are considered. We discuss here an analog C-RAN architecture, referred to as Analog MIMO Radio-over-Copper (A-MIMO-RoC), that aims at distributing RF signals indoors over distances in the order of 50 m. The all-analog passive-only design presented here proves the feasibility of analog relaying of MIMO radio signals over LAN cables at frequency bandwidth values up to 400 MHz for multi-RAT applications. After asserting the feasibility of the A-MIMO-RoC platform, we present some experimental results obtained with the proposed architecture. These preliminary results show that the A-MIMO- RoC system is a valid solution towards the design of dedicated 4G/5G indoor wireless systems for the billions of buildings which nowadays still suffer from severe indoor coverage issues.

Analog MIMO RoC Passive Relay for Indoor Deployments of Wireless Networks

Matera, A.;Rampa, V.;Spagnolini, U.
2020

Abstract

Most of the indoor coverage issues arise from net- work deployments that are usually planned for outdoor scenarios. Moreover, the ever-growing number of devices with different Radio Access Technologies (RATs), expected for new 5G scenarios and to maintain compatibility with older cellular standards (mostly 3G/4G), worsen this situation thus calling for novel bandwidth-efficient, low-latency and cost-effective solutions for indoor coverage. To solve this problem, Centralized Radio Access Network (C-RAN) architectures have been proposed to provide dense and controlled coverage inside buildings. However, all- digital C-RAN solutions are complex and expensive when indoor layout constraints and device costs are considered. We discuss here an analog C-RAN architecture, referred to as Analog MIMO Radio-over-Copper (A-MIMO-RoC), that aims at distributing RF signals indoors over distances in the order of 50 m. The all-analog passive-only design presented here proves the feasibility of analog relaying of MIMO radio signals over LAN cables at frequency bandwidth values up to 400 MHz for multi-RAT applications. After asserting the feasibility of the A-MIMO-RoC platform, we present some experimental results obtained with the proposed architecture. These preliminary results show that the A-MIMO- RoC system is a valid solution towards the design of dedicated 4G/5G indoor wireless systems for the billions of buildings which nowadays still suffer from severe indoor coverage issues.
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