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An Assessment of the Radio Frequency Electromagnetic Field Exposure from A Massive MIMO 5G Testbed

Loh, Tian Hong, Heliot, Fabien, Cheadle, David and Fielder, Tom (2020) An Assessment of the Radio Frequency Electromagnetic Field Exposure from A Massive MIMO 5G Testbed In: EuCAP 2020, Virtual Conference.

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Current radiofrequency electromagnetic field (RF-EMF) exposure limits have become a critical concern for fifth-generation (5G) mobile network deployment. Regulation is not harmonized and in certain countries and regions it goes beyond the guidelines set out by the International Commission on Non-Ionizing Radiation Protection (ICNIRP). Using a massive multiple-input-multiple-output (mMIMO) testbed with beamforming capabilities that is capable of mimicking realistic 5G base station (BS) performance, this paper presents an experimental and statistical assessment of its associated RFEMF exposure within a real-world indoor environment. The mMIMO testbed has up to 128 channels with userprogrammable software defined radio (SDR) capability. It could perform zero-forcing precoding after channel state information (CSI) acquisition for different beamforming scenarios with respect to the associated user terminal antenna setups and positions. With 64 active mMIMO transmit antennas, 8 beamforming scenarios have been considered for single-user (SU) and multi-user (MU) downlink communications at different locations. Using a calibrated triaxial isotropic field-probe, the received channel power heat map for each beamforming scenario was acquired and then converted into an RF-EMF heat map. The relevant RF-EMF statistics was evaluated based on the variations of beam profiles and number of users.

Item Type: Conference or Workshop Item (Conference Paper)
Divisions : Faculty of Engineering and Physical Sciences > Electronic Engineering
Authors :
Loh, Tian
Fielder, Tom
Date : 18 May 2020
Funders : Horizon 2020
Grant Title : European Association of National Metrology Institutes
Projects : EU project 5GRFEX - ‘Metrology for RF exposure from Massive MIMO 5G base station: Impact on 5G network deployment’
Additional Information : Embargo OK Metadata Pending
Depositing User : James Marshall
Date Deposited : 12 Aug 2020 09:07
Last Modified : 12 Aug 2020 09:07

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