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Beyond 5G without obstacles : mmWaveover-fiber distributed antenna systems

Arno Moerman (UGent) , Joris Van Kerrebrouck (UGent) , Olivier Caytan (UGent) , Igor Lima de Paula (UGent) , Laurens Bogaert (UGent) , Guy Torfs (UGent) , Piet Demeester (UGent) , Hendrik Rogier (UGent) and Sam Lemey (UGent)
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Beyond-5G wireless systems require significant improvement to enable the Internet of Everything, offering ultra-reliability, ultra-low-latency and high data-rates for holographic telepresence, immersive augmented and virtual reality, and cyber-physical systems in Industry 4.0. The mmWave frequency band (30-300 GHz) provides the required bandwidths, but very challenging propagation conditions exist. Conventional co-located multi-antenna systems counter higher path loss, but are insufficient in challenging real-life scenarios with frequent non-line-of-sight conditions. For distributed massive MIMO systems or large intelligent surfaces, we advocate optically-enabled distributed antenna systems (DAS) to alleviate these issues. To ensure tight synchronization and scalability, we propose a mmWave-over-fiber based architecture with low-complexity high-performance remote antenna units (RAUs). Strategically distributing and integrating RAUs in the user equipments' environment yield high throughput and reliable coverage. We demonstrate a mmWave-over-fiber DAS yielding multi-Gb/s mmWave communication in a harsh indoor environment with non-line-of-sight conditions, measuring wireless data rates up to 24 Gb/s, by selecting the RAU yielding the best link quality, and up to 48 Gb/s, by leveraging distributed MIMO techniques.
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INTELLIGENT SURFACES, MASSIVE MIMO, Wireless communication, Antenna measurements, Optical variables, measurement, Holography, Holographic optical components, Optical network, units, Fourth Industrial Revolution

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Moerman, Arno, et al. “Beyond 5G without Obstacles : MmWaveover-Fiber Distributed Antenna Systems.” IEEE COMMUNICATIONS MAGAZINE, vol. 60, no. 1, 2022, pp. 27–33, doi:10.1109/MCOM.001.2100550.
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Moerman, A., Van Kerrebrouck, J., Caytan, O., Lima de Paula, I., Bogaert, L., Torfs, G., … Lemey, S. (2022). Beyond 5G without obstacles : mmWaveover-fiber distributed antenna systems. IEEE COMMUNICATIONS MAGAZINE, 60(1), 27–33. https://doi.org/10.1109/MCOM.001.2100550
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Moerman, Arno, Joris Van Kerrebrouck, Olivier Caytan, Igor Lima de Paula, Laurens Bogaert, Guy Torfs, Piet Demeester, Hendrik Rogier, and Sam Lemey. 2022. “Beyond 5G without Obstacles : MmWaveover-Fiber Distributed Antenna Systems.” IEEE COMMUNICATIONS MAGAZINE 60 (1): 27–33. https://doi.org/10.1109/MCOM.001.2100550.
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Moerman, Arno, Joris Van Kerrebrouck, Olivier Caytan, Igor Lima de Paula, Laurens Bogaert, Guy Torfs, Piet Demeester, Hendrik Rogier, and Sam Lemey. 2022. “Beyond 5G without Obstacles : MmWaveover-Fiber Distributed Antenna Systems.” IEEE COMMUNICATIONS MAGAZINE 60 (1): 27–33. doi:10.1109/MCOM.001.2100550.
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Moerman A, Van Kerrebrouck J, Caytan O, Lima de Paula I, Bogaert L, Torfs G, et al. Beyond 5G without obstacles : mmWaveover-fiber distributed antenna systems. IEEE COMMUNICATIONS MAGAZINE. 2022;60(1):27–33.
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A. Moerman et al., “Beyond 5G without obstacles : mmWaveover-fiber distributed antenna systems,” IEEE COMMUNICATIONS MAGAZINE, vol. 60, no. 1, pp. 27–33, 2022.
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  volume       = {{60}},
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