Image Number 5 for United States Patent #8116818.
A system and method are provided for improving the performance of a beamforming antenna array in a wireless communications system. A predetermined number of spatial signatures are observed for a communications channel between a base station and a mobile terminal during a predetermined time period. One or more test spatial signatures are generated based on statistical analysis of the observed predetermined number of spatial signatures. A beamforming weight is derived based on the generated test spatial signatures for beamforming by an antenna subsystem of the base station.