du scores over 700 Mbps throughput in massive MIMO trial
Massive MIMO ensures throughput is not affected as number of users increase
UAE operator du achieved cell capacity that exceeded 700Mbps in a massive MIMO trial over its commercial mobile network.
For this, it used a single carrier of 20MHz. du also successfully managed to utilise three simultaneous carriers totaling 60MHz which brings the cell capacity to more than 2.1Gbps.
Saleem Al Blooshi, EVP, infrastructure and technology, du, said: "As we look to the future, our consumers' expectations will only increase, as the amount of information exchanged proliferates - and 5G will offer the instant data transfer. We are preparing for this future today by trialing new ways to get the most from our available spectrum and increasing capacity.
"We have been able to achieve record breaking capacity that will benefit our consumers - irrespective of whether they are indoors or outdoors. MIMO is an antenna technology for wireless communications in which multiple antennas are used at both the source (transmitter) and the destination (receiver). The antennas at each end of the communications circuit are combined to minimise errors and optimise data speed."
Earlier in the year, Saudi operator, STC reported successful massive MIMO trial. It used 20MHz of spectrum in the 2.3GHz band on the TDD network, and managed to achieve a peak cell downlink throughput of 677Mbps.