In a press release, Huawei Technologies says it has partnered with mobile network operator (MNO) Globe Telecom of the Philippines to begin the trial of the world’s first FDD Massive MIMO commercial product, which it claims can boost cell capacity by a factor of two to three times based on legacy terminals, when compared to current LTE deployments. The MNO has been building out its 4G LTE networks since 2013 to provide end users with both mobile and fixed-wireless broadband services. The Chinese vendor’s press release notes that deploying Massive MIMO will enhance network capacity without adding additional spectrum resources and deferring to the construction of new sites. Further, it points out that Massive MIMO is considered one of the core technologies for future 5G networks.
Commenting on the development, Robert Tan, Chief Technical Advisor of Globe Telecom, said: ‘We are committed to provide users with high-quality and high speed connectivity to support their digital lifestyle. Video and rich multimedia content is driving the growth in data demand and the need for a better customer experience. The Massive MIMO technology utilises spectrum more efficiently and enables us to deliver superior customer experience with a tremendous boost in data capacity to support the exponential growth in wireless data consumption from our increasing base of [mobile broadband] and [wireless-to-the-x] customers. We are glad to see the timely introduction of Huawei’s FDD Massive MIMO commercial products. It is a natural evolution of our network towards the 5G era.’