Telefonica, ZTE Complete Pre-5G Massive MIMO Trial

Telefonica, ZTE Complete Pre-5G Massive MIMO Trial Image Credit: Telefonica

ZTE announced that it has successfully completed Pre5G massive multiple-input multiple-output (MIMO) live testing with Telefónica, one of the world’s largest operators. The trial is Telefónica's first for Pre5G Massive MIMO in Europe, said Huawei.

In October 2016, ZTE and Telefónica started work on a Pre5G Massive MIMO programme at the Telefónica Headquarters in Madrid, to assess its performance in hotspot and indoor coverage scenarios. The performance of the Pre5G Massive MIMO base station exceeded expectations, improving both network capacity and cell-edge data rates up to 6 times compared to traditional long-term evolution (LTE) macro base stations, as well as reducing end-user interference through 3D-beamforming technology, claims ZTE.

New applications were also demonstrated in the trial such as Virtual Reality and 2K streaming videos. All tests were based on existing 4G terminals, including ZTE’s and other iconic smartphones.

The Pre5G Massive MIMO trial completes the first phase of the 5G MoU that both companies signed in June this year to enable greater opportunities for cooperation across different industries in areas with high potential, such as advanced wireless communications, Internet of things, network virtualization architectures and cloud.

Enrique Blanco, CTO, Telefónica Group
We see a lot of potential for this technology and its capability to bring a better experience for our customers. We believe Pre5G massive MIMO technology can solve the Internet’s last mile problem by improving Internet access and therefore enhancing the user experience.

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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