T-Mobile to Make Active First Massive MIMO Antenna in Amsterdam

T-Mobile to Make Active First Massive MIMO Antenna in Amsterdam

According to the T-Mobile, they are first in the Netherlands with the start of a massive MIMO antenna. These antennas arre designed to offer extra capacity to keep connections stable for all users. The operator said that the tests of the antenna indicated an increase in capacity of up to 600 percent. T-Mobile to Make Active First Massive MIMO Antenna in Amsterdam

Leidseplein in Amsterdam is the site area. Leidseplein is a busy transport center and entertainment area in the capital city.

Massive antennas can handle more data sessions more powerfully than a standard antenna. According to the operator, it is more energy efficient. The compact antenna with 64×64 transmitters uses 20 MHz TD-LTE in the 2,600 MHz band. The single antenna can deliver up to 600 Mbps, distributed evenly over many users as its using 3D beam forming. By using these antennas, all the users can automatically get capacity simultaneously. The capacity is spontaneously distributed to simultaneous users, with seamless handover between the 2.6 GHz band and the other spectrum used for 4G.

T-Mobile to Make Active First Massive MIMO Antenna in Amsterdam

In very first test on the Leidseplein brought over 35 Mbps each to 16 simultaneous users, using only the 2,600 MHz band. Basically, It is the speed which normally need multi-carrier aggregation.

According to T-Mobile Technology Strategist Richard Marijs, the antenna will be tested further in the coming months, with the total capacity expected to grow to as much as 800 Mbps.

The antenna was establish with T-Mobile’s network partner Huawei. Huawei P9 smartphone was use for the tests. Other recent models from Samsung or Apple can also access the new antenna. It is not yet mention by T-Mobile the deployment of massive MIMO on a wider scale. The Company is preparing for continued growth in demand because sufficient capacity of current network.

Marijs said:

The company was not using small cells and did not expect to need them. These are costly and less effective, and a small cell on a bus shelter cannot serve so many parallel streams.

T-Mobile said:

It plans to test with Huawei more new network techniques this autumn, as part of preparing for 5G and the arrival of more devices besides smartphones on the network.

The latest version of 4G ready for deployment have these Massive MIMO and Multi-user MIMO. The same techniques willl also be used for 5G.

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