SFR, Huawei achieve 628Mbps downlink in MIMO trials

26 Jun 2017

French telecoms provider SFR and Chinese equipment vendor Huawei have announced the successful completion of a pre-commercial field verification of 4X4 multiple-input, multiple-output (MIMO) technology, which could improve capacity, coverage and user experience without extra spectrum or base stations. The trials – using a commercial phone on SFR’s 4.5G live network – verified that the combination of 4×4 MIMO, 2CC carrier aggregation (CA), and 256QAM could achieve a top throughput of 628.31Mbps. SFR now plans to strengthen its investment in the 4.5G network, and expects to extend its LTE-Advanced (LTE-A) network coverage to 90% of its customers by the end of 2017 (99% by 2018). Michel Paulin, Chairman and CEO of SFR Group, said: ‘SFR’s goal is to build the best and fastest 4.5G network in France. This will both improve our customers’ lives with the best available telecoms service, and also pave the way for the future, since a successful transition to 5G will depend first on 4.5G successes. Today, SFR’s 4.5G network has achieved an average downlink throughput of 300Mbps in over 221 cities … We will further increase the average downlink throughput to 500Mbps by 2018.’

France, Altice France (SFR), Huawei Technologies