International Symposium on Antennas and Propagation
Rethinking the Wireless Channel for OTA testing and Network Optimization by Including User Statistics: RIMP, pure-LOS, Throughput and Detection Probability
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The reverberation chamber has through the last thirteen years been used to emulate a rich isotropic multipath (RIMP) environment, and it has successfully been demonstrated that it can be used to test performance of multiport antennas and complete wireless terminals with MIMO and OFDM. The measured throughputs of practical LTE devices have been shown to be in excellent agreement with basic theoretical algorithms. Now is the time to use this concept and complete the picture so that also real-life environments can be covered. This is done by introducing the pure-LOS as another limiting edge environment, and by introducing the statistics of the user. The latter plays a major role in pure-LOS that thereby becomes a random-LOS. The two limit-environments are linked together with a real-life hypothesis, and work has started to test this by simulations. It will be shown that the major characterizing quantity becomes the detection probability of the single or multiple bit streams (for diversity and multiplexing cases, respectively) over an ensemble of users. This detection probability becomes equal to throughput in a multipath environment, readily seen through a simple threshold receiver model representing an ideal digital receiver. The new approach represents a way to start optimizing the wireless networks by taking the statistics of the user into account.