ZTE offers Pre5G FDD Massive MIMO solution

The solution, which has been verified by field tests with China Unicom and China Telecom, enhances cell throughput by over three times using current spectrum

ZTE offers Pre5G FDD Massive MIMO solution

ZTE has released the world’s first frequency-division duplexing long term evolution (FDD-LTE) Massive multiple-input multiple-output (MIMO) solution. The move follows verification of the solution through joint field tests in the Quanzhou Innovation Centre of China Unicom Fujian Branch and at the China Telecom Innovation Center.

The field tests have verified that the Pre5G FDD Massive MIMO solution is capable of enhancing the cell throughput by over three times using current spectrum. ZTE has already introduced Massive MIMO, one of the key 5G network technologies, to 4G networks to function as the core technology of its Pre5G solution.

As a benchmark in ZTE’s Pre5G solutions, the FDD Massive MIMO solution is compatible with the existing terminals, which benefits operators greatly in their marketing progress by accelerating network speeds using the existing spectrum. Users can enjoy the ultrafast broadband service without changing their terminals.

Compared with other measures to enhance the network capacity and user experience, the FDD Massive MIMO, which does not place extra requirements for operator’s spectrum resources and is independent of terminal capability, is a more powerful engine to accelerate the new-generation network speed, ZTE said.

The solution introduces Massive MIMO to FDD-LTE networks by making it applicable to over 85% of global LTE networks. ZTE argues its Pre5G solution enhances the commercial value of Massive MIMO and enables operators to multiply their network capacity using their current spectrum resources.

Currently, ZTE is under negotiation with several important domestic and overseas operators regarding a cooperation in FDD Massive MIMO. The commercial deployment of FDD Massive MIMO is expected in 2017.

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