It is predicted that wireless network traffic will increase 1000 times in the next decade. The exponential traffic growth is not uniform across geographical areas and mainly takes place in indoor hot spots. Hence, high capacity indoor venues represent the biggest network capacity increase challenge.
The recently emerged 3D MIMO technology provides a promising dimension to provide extra capacity gain in hot spots. In particular, the 3D deployment of small cells (SCs) equipped with 3D MIMO antenna arrays will take advantage of 3D distribution of user equipment (UE) in typical high capacity venues, and represents an excellent technical combination to address the indoor high capacity challenge. The 3D deployment of SCs with 3D MIMO antenna arrays faces technical challenges ranging from 3D MIMO antenna array design, performance evaluation, the lack of understanding of 3D MIMO SC network performance limits to the optimal 3D SC network deployment.
is3DMIMO provides in total 291 person-months of researcher secondments and high-quality interdisciplinary, intersectoral and international research training and knowledge sharing activities for a new generation of scientific researchers, who will benefit directly from the entrepreneurial and creative environment created by the is3DMIMO consortium, and deliver impact at both European and international levels. It will produce a critical mass of highly-skilled professionals, who are advantaged by their intersectoral and international mobility. It will:
- Develop EU capacity and skills to advance indoor 3D MIMO channel characterization and modeling, 3D MIMO array antenna design and testing for small cells, understanding of fundamental performance limits of 3D MIMO small-cell networks, and network planning and optimization of indoor 3D MIMO small cells
- Integrate 3D MIMO antennas and small-cell networks more closely with indoor environments to facilitate smart building applications
- Create strong interactions between 3D MIMO array antenna design and indoor small cell network planning and deployment
- Increase EU competitiveness in 5G/B5G systems and technologies
- Develop lasting academic and industrial collaborations leading to interdisciplinary and intersectoral R&I programmes
- Create new and exciting career prospects for all the researchers involved.