The first bit of tech we were briefed on, Massive MIMO, is one which has been doing the buzzword bingo rounds recently, though the realities of the technology are yet to be seen.
No more is this the case, Vodafone told us, as the operator says it has already deployed two in secret locations somewhere in the UK.
This is all enabled by a technique called ‘Beamforming’ which essentially allows operators to essentially creates a connectivity sphere around users which allows users to increase average throughput.
“So instead of getting 140Mb/s from your 20MHz, what we’ve seen is around 500Mb/s to 600Mb/s aggregated throughput per sector.
So the spectrum efficiency goes up by four to five times.”
With the improved sensitivity on the antennas, operators will be able to improve the experience for users using the higher spectrum bands.