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Novel Dual-Broadband Planar Antenna and Its Array for 2G/3G/LTE Base Stations

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3 Author(s)
YueHui Cui ; School of Electronic and Information Engineering, South China University of Technology, Guangzhou, China ; RongLin Li ; Peng Wang

A novel dual-broadband planar antenna is proposed for 2G/3G/LTE (4G) mobile communications. The proposed dual-broadband antenna consists of one element for the lower band and two elements for the upper band, making it possible to be arrayed without appearance of grating lobes in the upper band. The lower-band element comprises a pair of printed dipoles with a pair of parasitic elements for bandwidth enhancement. Two upper-band elements composed of two pairs of folded dipoles are nested inside the lower-band element, forming a compact arrayable antenna unit. The dual-broadband antenna achieves a bandwidth of 20% (800-980 MHz) for the lower band and a bandwidth of 60% (1540-2860 MHz) for the upper band. A dual-broadband antenna array that consists of 4 elements for the lower band and 8 elements for the upper band is developed for base station applications. The dual-broadband array achieves a bandwidth of 22% (780-980 MHz) for the lower band and a bandwidth of 68% (1470-3000 MHz) for the upper band, covering all the frequency bands for 2G/3G/LTE (4G) systems. Measured antenna gains for the array are ~12 dBi for the lower band and dBi for the upper band, suitable for potential applications in mobile communication base stations.

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IEEE Transactions on Antennas and Propagation  (Volume:61 ,  Issue: 3 )