Dissection of Multibeam Satellite Communications with a Large-scale Antenna System Toolbox

Konferenz: European Wireless 2014 - 20th European Wireless Conference
14.05.2014 - 16.05.2014 in Barcelona, Spain

Tagungsband: European Wireless 2014

Seiten: 6Sprache: EnglischTyp: PDF

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Arnau, Jesus; Mosquera, Carlos (Signal Theory and Communications Department, University of Vigo, 36310 Vigo, Spain)

Current multibeam satellite systems consist of a very large number of spot beams. In this paper, we analyze them from the large scale MIMO perspective, and establish a comparison with massive MIMO systems. It will be shown that the large number of beams has important operational implications, and that it simplifies the analysis because it allows using asymptotic results. However, it will also be shown that current multibeam satellite links, despite their large number of antennas, do not qualify as massive MIMO systems.