Channel estimation and prediction in a pilot-less massive MIMO TDD using non-coherent DMPSK Articles uri icon

publication date

  • October 2022

start page

  • 112327

end page

  • 112341


  • 10

Electronic International Standard Serial Number (EISSN)

  • 2169-3536


  • A novel time division duplex massive MIMO technique is proposed based on performing a pilot-less channel estimation in the uplink (UL) utilizing reconstructed differentially encoded data. Spatial multiplexing and differentially encoded data is applied both in the UL and in the downlink (DL). In this system, a reference signal is the first one of the differentially encoded streams in the UL and DL, and the pilots for data estimation are avoided while maintaining spatial multiplexing capabilities. To improve the channel estimation we propose to use a linear Wiener filter and we also propose different symbols placing strategies in an OFDM grid. We also propose a detection improvement of the UL data utilizing the predicted channels. We perform an analysis of the MSE of the blind channel estimation using the differentially encoded data and analyze the symbol-error-rate for both the UL and the DL when channel aging is considered. The analysis is corroborated via numerical results and the proposed scheme is shown to outperform its pilot-based counterpart.


  • Telecommunications


  • non-coherent; tdd massive mimo; differential modulation; spatial multiplexing; blind channel estimation