Huawei and China Unicom have jointly verified the first 5G indoor distributed Massive MIMO technology in the industry.
The distributed Massive MIMO technology integrates Massive MIMO into digital indoor systems, pushing both the technological and environment limits of incumbent 5G distributed digital equipment. The test result showed that the technology delivers a peak rate of up to 4.7 Gbps for cells with 100 MHz bandwidth.
This result shows that this solution is up to the task of fulfilling the service requirements in dense indoor areas while providing a strong foundation for developing various HD video interactive services.
Huawei and China Unicom deployed and verified the technology in the China’s National Center for the Performing Arts (NCPA), the industry’s first ever application of this solution. The verification test was performed using multiple terminals.
The indoor distributed Massive MIMO technology represents a new trend for the evolution of indoor 5G capacity solutions. It will be the core of networks intended for transport hubs, large venues, and other high-density heavy-load scenarios where premium user experience must be ensured. It will also help develop new services in smart stadium, smart campus, and smart education, enabling 5G networks to create greater value for society.
Huawei and China Unicom launched a joint innovation project – 5G Capital – in Beijing to build 5G networks for individual mobile users, and to empower digital transformation across industries through technological and experience innovation as well as the incubation of ecosystem.
The indoor distributed Massive MIMO technology is one of the applications implemented in the 5G Capital project. This application integrates 5G Massive MIMO with LampSite – Huawei’s digital indoor distributed system – to improve the cell capacity for indoor scenarios that need to provide a premium user experience.
Indoor distributed Massive MIMO will be key to realizing 5G smart stadium, bringing a premium experience concurrently to individual users while also ensuring that dedicated services continue to run smoothly.
“This solution will help us pursue flexible capacity expansion on live networks, laying a solid technological foundation for continuing to deliver premium 5G experience for customers and diversifying 5G vertical applications for various businesses,” Li Fuchang, director of the Wireless Technology Research Center of China Unicom Research Institute, said.
“Indoor distributed Massive MIMO will play a unique role in commercial networks and be a new starting point toward further technological innovation based on market requirements to provide first-class 5G indoor coverage solutions,” Marvin Chen, president of Huawei DIS Product Line, said.