Structured Compressive Sensing-Based Spatio-Temporal Joint Channel Estimation for FDD Massive MIMO

Zhen Gao, Linglong Dai, Wei Dai, Byonghyo Shim, Zhaocheng Wang

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Massive MIMO is a promising technique for future 5G communications due to its high spectrum and energy efficiency. To realize its potential performance gain, accurate channel estimation is essential. However, due to massive number of antennas at the base station (BS), the pilot overhead required by conventional channel estimation schemes will be unaffordable, especially for frequency division duplex (FDD) massive MIMO. To overcome this problem, we propose a structured compressive sensing (SCS)-based spatio-temporal joint channel estimation scheme to reduce the required pilot overhead, whereby the spatio-temporal common sparsity of delay-domain MIMO channels is leveraged. Particularly, we first propose the nonorthogonal pilots at the BS under the framework of CS theory to reduce the required pilot overhead. Then, an adaptive structured subspace pursuit (ASSP) algorithm at the user is proposed to jointly estimate channels associated with multiple OFDM symbols from the limited number of pilots, whereby the spatio-temporal common sparsity of MIMO channels is exploited to improve the channel estimation accuracy. Moreover, by exploiting the temporal channel correlation, we propose a space-time adaptive pilot scheme to further reduce the pilot overhead. Additionally, we discuss the proposed channel estimation scheme in multicell scenario. Simulation results demonstrate that the proposed scheme can accurately estimate channels with the reduced pilot overhead, and it is capable of approaching the optimal oracle least squares estimator.

Original languageEnglish
Article number7355354
Pages (from-to)601-617
Number of pages17
JournalIEEE Transactions on Communications
Issue number2
Publication statusPublished - 2016 Feb 1

Bibliographical note

Funding Information:
This work was supported by the National Natural Science Foundation of China, Grants 61411130156, 61571270, and 61201185, the Beijing Natural Science Foundation Grant 4142027, and the Foundation of Shenzhen government. The associate editor coordinating the review of this paper and approving it for publication was M. Matthaiou.

Publisher Copyright:
© 2015 IEEE.


  • Massive MIMO
  • channel estimation
  • frequency division duplex (FDD)
  • structured compressive sensing (SCS)

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Electrical and Electronic Engineering


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