5G NR Massive MIMO and Active Antenna Systems

This half-day course introduces Massive MIMO and its evolution. It discusses 5G Rel 15 Massive MIMIO, active antenna system and beamforming, deployment considerations, and Massive MIMO in Rel 16 and beyond.

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Why Take This Course?

  • Enhance your industry knowledge and skills by gaining a greater understanding of Massive MIMO and Active Antenna Systems.
  • Train with engineers at Qualcomm Technologies – a world leader in 5G technology and wireless engineering.
  • Learn online and at your own pace with our flexible eLearning format. Or, set up a live training session for groups of at least 15 people.


Course Outline:

  • Introduction to Massive MIMO and its evolution.
  • Discuss 5G Rel 15 Massive MIMO, active antenna systems, and beamforming.
  • Dive into deployment considerations and Massive MIMO in Rel 16 and beyond.



  • You have taken or are familiar with the content in our 5G NR Technical Training and 5G NR Air Interface Training courses.
  • You are one of the following:
    • Network Engineer
    • RF Engineer
    • Systems Engineer
  • This course is part of our corporate program, so your company will need to sign an NDA to access it.



  • Review MIMO (multiple input multiple output) systems.
  • Describe Massive MIMO (M-MIMO) and its benefits.
  • Explain Precoding and how it applies to multi-antenna systems.
  • Compare MIMO in LTE Release 13 and 14 with Massive MIMO in Release 15.
  • Explain codeword to layer mapping in 5G.
  • Discuss DL MIMO operations for sub-6 and mmWave.
  • Describe channel sounding for Massive MIMO.
  • Outline CSI reporting and feedback types.
  • Explain the role of SRS in DL Massive MIMO.
  • Describe SRS and PMI adaptive switching for DL MIMO.
  • Explain DMRS for DL and UL data transmission.
  • Discuss DL MIMO and UL MIMO transmission schemes.
  • Discuss active antenna systems (AAS) and AAS architecture.
  • Compare passive and active antennas.
  • Describe beamforming and the three types of beamforming: analog,digital, and hybrid.
  • Discuss antenna array choice in Massive MIMO deployments.
  • Explain the effects of array size on beam shape and SINR.
  • Discuss deployment considerations and challenges for massive MIMO.
  • Review deployment-based broadcast/traffic beam options.
  • Discuss antenna choice considerations.
  • Explain operations and management associated with active antenna systems.
  • Describe the evolution of MIMO.
  • Outline enhancements on MIMO for NR in Release 16.

Course Information

Duration: 3-4 Hours
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