Turkcell Completes Massive MIMO Testing on Live Network

Turkcell Completes Massive MIMO Testing on Live Network Image Credit: Turkcell

Turkcell became one of the first operator to test the Massive MIMO technology on a production network. 

With the cooperation of Huawei, Turkcell recently completed the first live FDD Massive MIMO product set-up using the 1800 MHz frequency band in Antalya, Turkey. Test results show a cell throughput of 480Mbps by using 8 commercial test terminals on the 20MHz spectrum with live network traffic.

Cell Throughput increased more than 5 times compared to throughput in the same live network with just traditional LTE 4x4 MIMO configuration.

Massive MIMO technology allows for a large number of people to connect to high speed internet at the same time in dense areas (shopping centers, hotels, concert halls etc.).

Massive MIMO adopts large-scale antenna arrays and allows precise control of both horizontal and vertical beam widths and angles to realize user-specific 3D beamforming, channel estimation, and a user algorithm to multiplex time-frequency resources for different users.These collective activities help to maximize spectral efficiency, further enhance network capacity and improve overall user experience. Turkcell will have significant advantage with Massive MIMO in addition to having the widest spectrum in Turkey.

Gediz Sezgin, Chief Network Officer, Turkcell
We continue to work intensively on our network in order to offer our customers the technology of the future. Thus, we aim to provide the best quality experience to our customers by offering the most innovative solutions. 

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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