Vodafone and Huawei test Massive MIMO on commercial 2.6GHz network in Newbury

Vodafone and Huawei have completed the first European test of Massive MIMO on a commercial network using 2.6GHz spectrum, claiming the technology could improve mobile coverage in crowded areas.

The test was conducted at Vodafone s headquarters in Newbury, Berkshire, where it and Huawei have a Narrowband IoT NB-IoT lab testing Internet of Things IoT connectivity.

Multiple Input Multiple Output MIMO techniques have been used by mobile operators and equipment manufacturers to improve the capacity of cellular and Wi-Fi networks, and Massive MIMO is the latest.

MIMO allows for multiple streams from a router to an end user device, optimising the signal for a particular device depending on location and other factors.

This process is called beamforming.

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