Telkom has successfully concluded Africa’s first demonstration of 2.3GHz LTE TDD Massive MIMO (Advanced Multiple Antenna System).
Massive MIMO will enable Telkom’s mobile customers to achieve data at a rate up to five times faster than current 4G technology. This will result in better throughput speeds and improved coverage, leading to a better overall experience for consumers, the group said.
The demonstration was based on 2.3GHz TDD 20MHz bandwidth on Telkom’s network. The demo, conducted by Huawei, reached 909 Mbps at peak rate, showing improved spectrum efficiency and network coverage. Although 4G networks have already delivered significantly higher data rates and a whole new range of services and applications for consumers, the demand for data continues to grow. This is where Massive MIMO can assist networks, Telkom said.
“Telkom has already deployed LTE, LTE-A and 4 by 4 MIMO technology which enable our customers to get speeds of up to 600 Mbps. The next step is to introduce Massive MIMO technology which will result in significant increase in throughput speeds. Plans are already afoot for the deployment of massive MIMO this year,” the group said.
Massive MIMO technology will enable Telkom to reuse existing sites to meet high data demand at a lower cost, rather than having to acquire and build new sites in dense areas.
In turn, this will enable Telkom to offer larger data packages and more services at a reduced cost, the company said.