Antennas and propagation

Wireless systems require reliable, compact, efficient and intelligent antennas both at base station and wirelessly connected device.

In the 5G era, such devices could take the form of any item or ‘thing' – not just a traditional mobile communication device. Each of these devices will be used in different ways, in different environments and at different frequencies, and will therefore have highly variable propagation characteristics and need to be modelled appropriately. Our research will output novel intelligent antenna designs to assist in meeting the capacity demands of 5G communications, while also characterising the radio propagation environments in which such antennas will need to operate. In a number of cases, the propagation environments can be exploited in a way that maximises wireless data and takes full advantage of the available spectrum.

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5G Innovation Centre
University of Surrey