Indonesia's Telkomsel Completes FDD-LTE Massive MIMO Field Trial with ZTE

Indonesia's Telkomsel Completes FDD-LTE Massive MIMO Field Trial with ZTE Pre-5G Massive MIMO, Image Credit: ZTE

ZTE, Thursday announced that it has successfully conducted the first FDD-LTE Massive MIMO field trial in Indonesia with Telkomsel, the country’s leading operator.

ZTE claims that by deploying its FDD-LTE Massive MIMO solution, Telkomsel’s successful field trial achieved an almost four-fold increase in data throughput to 468 Mbps, compared to existing 2x2 MIMO FDD LTE networks.

The field trial in Makassar, one of the largest and most densely-populated cities in Eastern Indonesia, used commercially-available TM9 handsets and MiFi units in a simultaneous 4 handsets / MiFi configuration, with 20 MHz bandwidth, demonstrating the capabilities FDD-LTE Massive MIMO to enhance the performance of 4G LTE networks without change in user terminals. The test results will support Telkomsel’s efforts on network equalization in Eastern Indonesia.

Following the successful field trials, ZTE and Telkomsel have agreed to continue with the next phase of the trials to verify other technical aspects such as coverage, mobility, and interference. Both ZTE and Telkomsel value the importance of ensuring the technology is feasible and effective for a wider rollout in the Telkomsel LTE network.

Indra Mardiatna, VP of Technology and System, Telkomsel
We are constantly improving our technology and readiness of our next-generation networks to cope with the growing global trend. 

Bai Jie, CMO, ZTE Indonesia 
ZTE has been providing GSM and UMTS network for Telkomsel’s subscribers in Manado since 2007. The successful FDD-LTE Massive MIMO field trial will further strengthen ZTE’s position in Telkomsel’s 4G LTE ecosystem, and as a partner of choice for operators in Indonesia.

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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