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.