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.