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ZTE’s pre5G 3D/Massive MIMO base stations use 128 antennas to deliver superior coverage indoors and in urban areas

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Back on November 18th, ZTE announced that the company successfully completed pre-commercial field testing of the world's first pre5G 3D/Massive MIMO (Multiple-Input Multiple-Output) base stations in partnership with China Mobile. Tests showed the 64-port/128-antenna base station provides excellent coverage enhancement in complicated multi-path urban environments, indoor areas, and open rural spaces as well—further demonstrating the technology’s superiority of the over existing intelligent antennas. Dr. Xiang Jiying, CTO of ZTE’s Wireless Division, said “As the number of antennas is ten times more, 3D/Massive MIMO had appeared to be a distant pipe-dream. However, the test indicates that we are taking a big step forward to realize the new technology using 4G handsets. This is a result of a number of innovations, and is in line with the pre5G concept previously proposed by ZTE. We will continue to deliver Pre5G features to offer 5G-like experience before 5G standardization.”

 

Today, Xilinx announced that ZTE's pre5G 3D/massive MIMO base station is based on the company’s Kintex-7 All Programmable FPGAs, used in conjunction with ZTE's high-performance vector processor SoCs. "Together, our pre5G multi-user/multi-stream spatial multiplexing technology and Xilinx-7 series FPGAs are enabling our base station to set new records in single-carrier transmission capacity and spectral efficiency," said Dr. Xiang.

 

 

 

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