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Adapting Test & Measurement Solutions to Virtualized Networks

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Thursday, 16 November 2017 • 2:00 PM EST, 11:00 AM PST, 19:00 UTC/GMT

Service providers are now virtualizing parts of their network, which is having a profound impact on the test & measurement solutions used to ensure the network’s performance. One of the impact areas involves a movement towards early-stage network validation, which requires qualifying individual devices to ensure they all work together in an end-to-end environment.

Real-time Prototyping of Massive MIMO: From Theory to Reality

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Wednesday, 15 November 2017 • 12:00 PM EST, 9:00 AM PST, 17:00 UTC/GMT

This industry webinar will provide attendees with insights into Massive MIMO and rarely shared information on the implementation of such a complex system. Attendees new to Massive MIMO will be given an introduction to the topic from a theoretical perspective, but will also be presented information on the practical challenges associated with the implementation of such systems that are not addressed fully in the majority of published theoretical studies.

Massive MIMO for 5G: How Big Can it Get?

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Thursday, 9 November 2017 • 3:00 PM EST, 12:00 PM PST, 20:00 UTC/GMT

Massive MIMO stands as one of the most attractive sub-6 GHz physical-layer technology for future wireless access. It possesses excellent spectral efficiency and superior energy efficiency. But what are its theoretical limits and how can it be deployed practice? This webinar looks at the current state-of-the-art in Massive MIMO and based on that how to most successfully integrate the technology into 5G networks.

Meeting the Challenges of the Millimeter Wave Radio Frequency Environment for 5G

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Thursday, 26 October 2017 • 2:00 PM EDT, 11:00 AM PDT, 18:00 UTC/GMT

One of the primary challenges of 5G testing is both capturing information on the millimeter wave radio frequency environment as well as just understanding its operation. Both industry and academic research is still at an early phase of this work and for it to progress work must be done on a number of fronts in terms of test and measurement. For instance, better models are need to needed to address the different environments that will be encountered, such as urban environments. This webinar will examine the work that is being done in addressing these issues and some of the solutions that have been developed.

5G: Converging Towards IMT-2020 Submission

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Thursday, 26 October 2017 • 11:00 AM EDT, 8:00 AM PDT, 15:00 UTC/GMT

The path to 5G standardization is a long one with a very busy and tight schedule. Several milestones towards IMT-2020 submission have been reached in various standards organizations. After releasing the IMT-2020 requirements document earlier in February, the ITU-R WP5D group has delivered the IMT2020 evaluation document in June, setting the stage for standards organizations to propose and submit radio interface technologies for evaluation. This webinar will shed light on the complex standardization and evaluation process for IMT-2020 and will provide updates on the latest status following the ITU-R workshop on IMT-2020 terrestrial radio interfaces that took place on Oct. 4th in Munich, Germany.

mmWave 5G Phased Array and Beamforming System Design

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Thursday, 28 September 2017 • 1:00 PM EDT, 10:00 AM PDT, 17:00 UTC/GMT

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Beamforming phased array systems are becoming essential in 5G and next generation communications, especially in mmWave frequency bands. This webcast introduces advanced modeling and simulation approaches for various beamforming techniques. We will demonstrate phased array system design while using practical phased arrays in working, system-level beamforming scenarios. The webcast includes a live software demo with typical configurations, weightings, and impairments that affect beam-level performance (such as nonlinearities, coupling, and element variations). We then show how to apply the arrays in communications link applications such as Verizon pre-5G system and 3GPP NR.

Addressing Direction Finding in Over-the-Air Testbeds and Prototypes

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Tuesday, 19 September 2017 • 2:00 PM EDT, 11:00 AM PDT, 18:00 UTC/GMT

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Direction finding has found use in many applications that include military or security, spectrum monitoring, geo-location and intelligent communications like SDMA. It is an indispensable first step in most radio-detection systems. Multi-antenna systems make direction finding easier and reliable. As the source signal reaches an antenna array, one can take advantage of the variations in the received signal at each antenna, together with the knowledge of the array characteristics, to determine the direction of arrival of the signal. This approach requires the antennas to be calibrated and synchronized, and achieving this, is a challenge. This Webinar provides an overview of the practices and methodologies employed in direction finding particularly for communication systems, highlighting their advantages and drawbacks. An overview of a 128-antenna massive MIMO testbed will also be given to provide an example of how practical direction-finding research could be conducted.

5G Massive MIMO: Achieving Spectrum Efficiency

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Thursday, 24 August 2017 • 2:00 PM EDT, 11:00 AM PDT, 18:00 UTC/GMT

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Massive MIMO (multiple-input, multiple-output) promises the simultaneous transfer of many incoming and outgoing messages at once. While traditional cellular base stations might leverage four antennas, a Massive MIMO array features dozens that is complemented with smart signal processing to simultaneously and efficiently route messages to their intended destinations. This webinar will look at the challenges that researchers in this field face in developing these complex systems. It will highlight how the system concept can be exploited in the actual design and yields attractive implementations. It will show the status of demonstrators in Massive MIMO testbeds, which are contributing to a smooth development of these systems and their experimental validation.

Prototyping mmWave 28GHz Systems to Realize 5G Networks

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Thursday, 27 July 2017 • 2:00 PM EDT, 11:00 AM PDT, 18:00 UTC/GMT

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The roll out of fifth generation (5G) wireless networks will involve a shift to the millimeter wave (mmWave) spectrum in the frequency bands above 24GHz for mobile applications. However, achieving this mmWave spectrum comes at the cost of high propagation loss and susceptibility to blockage. So-called beam-forming techniques can overcome propagation loss by concentrating RF energy in a certain direction. However, this is just a starting point.

From Closed Smart City Solutions to Open Marketplaces

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Thursday, 20 July 2017 • 11:00 AM EDT, 8:00 AM PDT, 15:00 UTC/GMT

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Smart city activities are usually driven by large cities with enough resources to adopt and deploy the solutions they need. This approach generally works for large metropolitan areas where there is enough population to attract further innovation. This scheme, however, is not applicable to smaller regions and satellite towns that may not have enough resources to procure smart city platforms, are not ready to commit to long-term contracts, or that simply do not have the size to bring in large-scale development. In this webinar, we will use a multi-region IoT field trial in the UK as a way to introduce the use of open IoT standards to enable regional integration of data and to stimulate a wider innovation footprint by creating an open marketplace for data and data services.