Massive MIMO Trial Completed By Qualcomm, Verizon And Ericsson

Verizon, Qualcomm and Ericsson have announced that the FDD Massive MIMO trial using a customer device that is fully compatible has been completed. In the trial conducted on Verizon’s wireless network the most recent Massive MIMO hardware and software was used to test a customer device running on Qualcomm’s Snapdragon 845 chipset.

The Snapdragon 845 chipset possesses a modem known as X20 LTE which supports the TM9 (Transmission Mode 9) technology. The trial took place in Irvine, California. The Massive MIMO hardware and software from Ericsson is expected to be released next year and will work on handsets whose chipsets are compatible with the TM9 technology.

4G LTE Advancements

Massive MIMO is considered vital in 4G LTE Advancements and will also be crucial in 5G evolution since deploying the antenna setups of the technology will assist in preparing the network for the latter’s rollout. The advantage of TM9 functionality in Massive MIMO is that it improves LTE network performance by helping in maintaining the stability of the signal. Customers thus get to enjoy a better experience as well as higher speeds.

“Massive MIMO is a critical component of our 4G LTE Advancements and will play an important role in 5G technology that will result in single digit latency and scalability in the billions of connections,” said the Chief Network Engineer and Wireless Networks head at Verizon, Nicola Palmer, in a press release.

Road to 5G

With the trial the three companies are now closer to evolving 4G and upgrading the network to 5G. The three firms intend to maintain the partnership on various technological advancements as they progress towards 5G. Four months ago Ericsson, Qualcomm and Verizon set a benchmark achievement when they attained 1.07 Gbps download speed on 4G LTE. The three have claimed that no other wireless carrier and network equipment supplier have crossed the 1Gbps speed cut on 4G.

Currently Verizon is concentrating on offering improved customer experiences by rolling out the latest technologies. Recently the largest wireless carrier in the United States disclosed that it would be launching 5G broadband services for households in some select markets next year. In next year’s second half Verizon will commercially launch the first such service in Sacramento, California.

The FDD Massive MIMO trial coincides with a move by Qualcomm to shift chip production to Taiwan’s TSMC from Samsung Electronics. This is with regards to the Snapdragon 855, the next flagship processor from the giant chipmaker. TSMC will use the 7nm process to manufacture the chips.

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