STC Completes Massive MIMO Trial in Saudi

STC Completes Massive MIMO Trial in Saudi Eng. Nasser Al Nasser, SVP, Technology and Operations, Image Credit: STC

Saudi's STC this week announced the successful trial of Massive MIMO (multiple-input and multiple-output) technology on its existing 4G-LTE network. 

STC leveraged 20MHz of spectrum in the 2.3GHz band on the time division duplex (TDD) network o achieve a peak cell downlink throughput of 677Mbps, which is approximately six times the current/traditional TDD network speed. 

Massive MIMO which is accepted as one of the core innovative technologies in the future 5G network, uses a large number of antennas and beam forming to enhance spectrum utilization among multiple user equipment (UEs) to improve the end-user experience.

Another mobile operator in the country, Etihad Etisalat (Mobily) completed its first Massive MIMO LTE network trial at the end of last year, showcasing data speed of 600 Mbps. The Operator plans to roll out the new technology on LTE TDD 2.6GHz network across the Kingdom over the next three years.

Eng. Nasser Al Nasser, SVP, STC Technology and Operations
Once again, STC’s partnership with Huawei delivers new and unprecedented results. This great result will in no doubt enable STC to meet the explosive growth in demand for high-quality data services. We look forward to strengthening our pioneering position in the region through successful deployment of the Massive MIMO technology. As a technology pioneering company in the region, STC is proud to see such successful network developments, which will ultimately translate to improved customer experience and delivery of highest possible quality of service.

Ray is a news editor at The Fast Mode, bringing with him more than 10 years of experience in the wireless industry.

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