ZTE achieves breakthrough in 5G with better data throughput

Achieving breakthrough in 5G, ZTE said its Massive MIMO base station demonstrated three times better peak data throughput compared to traditional base stations, and five times average data throughput.

Completing pre-commercial field testing of multi-user and multi-stream transmission on a Massive MIMO (multiple input multiple output) base station, the Chinese telecom equipment vendor has created new records in single-carrier transmission capacity and spectral efficiency.

The company conducted the demo using its pre5G multi-user / multi-stream spatial multiplexing technology, with user handsets based on existing 4G standards.


“Being a pre5G technology, ZTE’s Massive MIMO solution is delivering exponential advances to 4G networks without modifying existing air interfaces, making it possible for carriers to provide a 5G-like user experience on existing 4G handsets in an accelerated timeframe,” said Xiang Jiying, chief scientist of ZTE.

In November 2014, ZTE completed pre-commercial test of the world’s first pre5G Massive MIMO base station.

The company’s pre5G solutions – based on self-developed baseband processor chipset — include 128 antennas and ZTE’s Massive MIMO base station uses a frontal area similar to existing 8-antennas. ZTE’s Massive MIMO base station uses only one-third of the installation space of traditional systems, lowering operating costs and total cost ownership of operators.