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Etisalat and Ericsson trial Massive MIMO in UAE

This technology will boost Etisalat’s drive for early deployment of 5G

Etisalat and Ericsson trial Massive MIMO in UAE
Ericsson’s New Radio (NR) technologies have enabled the launch of Antenna Integrated Radio (AIR) 6468 on Etisalat's UAE network.

Etisalat and Ericsson said they have successfully conducted a live on-air trial of Ericsson Radio System and Massive MIMO technology in the UAE, paving the way towards 5G deployment.

Massive MIMO, one of Ericsson’s key New Radio (NR) technologies, has enabled the launch of Antenna Integrated Radio (AIR) 6468 on the Etisalat UAE network. Enabling Etisalat to test Massive MIMO in real-life scenarios was the 5G-ready NR Radio and Baseband and 5G Plug-Ins software.

The trial was conducted in the dense and high-traffic urban environment of Dubai Marina. This is an ideal environment for testing and deploying Massive MIMO. This trial helps in evaluating the benefits of the technology and determines optimal deployment scenarios.

Saeed Al Zarouni, senior vice president for mobile network at Etisalat, said the newly-developed 5G plug-ins will enhance the experience on the telco’s radio network platform for its customers in the near future. “Our latest partnership with Ericsson strengthens our commitment to our society by offering early deployment of 5G services, these plug-ins will pave the way for key UAE Smart Government Strategy pillars, such as artificial intelligence,” Al Zarouni added.

Nishant Batra, head of product area networks, Ericsson, said, “At Ericsson, we are dedicated to being a world leader in 5G, enabling our clients to use the enhanced benefits of the new technology. Network speeds will be faster than ever, which will significantly improve the end-user experience. We have worked with Etisalat in the past – on 2G, 3G, and 4G, so we are excited to take our partnership to the next level with the early implementation of 5G.”

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