On the Path to 5G, Verizon, Ericsson Team Up for Massive MIMO Deployment

Verizon and Ericsson today announced they have completed their first FDD (Frequency Division Duplexing) Massive MIMO deployment (Multiple Input – Multiple Output) on Verizon’s wireless network in Irvine, Cal., which is seen as a major stepping stone to 5G service. According to the companies, the Massive MIMO deployment will improve spectral and energy efficiency, increasing network capacity for current devices in the market.  Other network enhancements are expected to provide higher and more consistent speeds for using apps and uploading and downloading files, clearing the pathway for 5G deployment. Verizon Massive MIMO Deployment The deployment includes 16 Ericsson transceiver radio units driving an array of 96 Ericsson antenna elements supplied by Ericsson.  The deployment is running on a 20 MHz block of AWS spectrum.  Four-way transmit has been widely deployed throughout the Verizon network and has contributed to significant 4G LTE advancements, according to the announcement. The high number of transmitters from the Massive MIMO provides more possible signal paths.  It also enables beamforming, which directs the beam from the cell site directly to where the customer is, dramatically cutting down on interference.  Reduced interference results in higher and more consistent speeds for customers. “While continuing to drive 5G development, the … Continue reading On the Path to 5G, Verizon, Ericsson Team Up for Massive MIMO Deployment