ZTE Corporation announced that its Pre5G TDD Massive MIMO 2.0 product has demonstrated its high-speed service in a multiuser scenario, reaching 2.1 Gb/s and setting a new single-site peak rate record at a demonstration held at Mobile
World Congress 2017 [6, see original article below].
The power-on service of ZTE's Pre5G TDD Massive MIMO 2.0 product provides ultrahigh data rates through 16-stream spatial division multiplexing, three carrier aggregation, and 256 quadrature amplitude modulation manifesting a new stage of Pre5G R&D.
To solve the conflicts between the surge in capacity demands and insufficient site resources in existing networks, ZTE's large-capacity outdoor Pre5G Massive MIMO macro base station achieves much higher speed and capacity than those in fourth-generation (4G) networks by leveraging existing sites and spectrum resources.
The disruptive innovation and high commercial value of this product has been recognized by global operators, contributing to its commercial deployment in Europe, Japan, and many other high-value markets.
ZTE launched Pre5G Massive MIMO 2.0 for high-end markets in September 2016. The solution supports more frequency bands and adapts to the mainstream TDD frequency bands. Being smaller and combined with baseband unit and active antenna unit architecture, it is more suitable for 5G evolution.
The solution also provides support for multicarrier aggregation to meet operators' demands for large capacity. Through 16-stream transmission, the theoretical peak traffic rate of a single site reaches 2.9 Gb/s, opening a new gigabit per second era. Pre5G Massive MIMO 2.0 has been launched in China and Japan and is expected to be commercially available on the global market in 2017.
Ericsson announced that its 600-MHz suite of products will be ready for commercial deployment by the third quarter of 2017, providing operators the ability to quickly launch services in their new 600-MHz spectrum holdings [7, see original article below].
This news followed the U.S. Federal Communications Commission's (FCC's) completion of the final phase of its incentive auction, which repurposed spectrum for wireless broadband services. As a result, operators will receive access to spectrum to provide service in the 600-MHz band.
The new 600-MHz low-band spectrum allows operators to extend and enhance coverage by utilizing low-band radio wave propagation. For example, in rural areas more coverage can be provided per cell site, which drastically improves economics. This enables a more competitive and ultimately a better choice of wireless service for customers.
Ericsson's 600-MHz products maximize low-band spectral efficiency through advanced MIMO capabilities. The 600-MHz products are based on Ericsson's 4,478 radio platform, which was introduced at the recent MWC.
Full article: IEEE Vehicular Technology Magazine, Volume 12, Number 3, September 2017