Nokia and Zain KSA have started a massive Multiple Input Multiple Output (MIMO) pilot in the city of Jeddah in Saudi Arabia on the TD-LTE network using 2.6 GHz spectrum.
The pilot uses Nokia's 5G-ready AirScale massive MIMO antenna for 4.9G calls to improve network capacity to provide speeds of above 700 Mbps per user, enabling customers to enjoy extreme broadband applications without experiencing any buffering.
Once the pilot is completed, the actual deployment will allow Zain to meet the growing demand for ultra-broadband services while deploying 5G-ready equipment. Zain will be able to add revenue streams by launching innovative services and products for its subscribers.
Massive MIMO is especially useful in helping service providers add capacity in densely populated urban environments. Massive MIMO uses 64-Transmit-64-Receive (64T64R), which allows unprecedented Gigabit-level throughput enabling users to enjoy new use cases including Augmented Reality and Virtual Reality.
Nokia said that its 5G-ready AirScale massive MIMO antenna paves the way for the transition to 5G and coexistence with LTE on the 2.6 GHz band, delivering better network capacity, improving coverage and significantly enhancing uplink and downlink speed.