In this paper, 4G smart planar dual-band phased array antenna suitable for fourth generation (4G) Long Term Evolution (LTE) and also Wireless Local Area Network (WLAN) systems is developed. The proposed planar array antenna is built using a microstrip rectangular U-slotted patch antenna element. Single element and linear sub-arrays with 1 x 2 and 1 x 4 dimensions of this element are designed, fabricated, and measured by the same authors. Separate feeding technique is used for each element of the smart planar array antenna; such that full beam-shaping can be achieved by steering the pattern main-loop to different angles in both azimuth and elevation directions with different amplitudes. Beam steering up to ±22 degrees can be achieved in both azimuth and elevation direction at 60 degrees phase shift without the presence of any grating lobes. At this value of phase shift, the gain is 22.62 dBi without changing in the mutual coupling. This is also suitable for 4G Multiple-Input Multiple-Output (MIMO) wireless mobile applications with reduced power consumption. Design simulation and optimization processes are carried out with the aid of the Agilent Advanced Design System (ADS) electromagnetic simulator that uses the full-wave Method of Moment (MoM) numerical technique.
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