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Massive MIMO

Massive MIMO solutions increase capacity and coverage, while also improving energy efficiency

As demand for mobile broadband services explodes, operators need to maximize the efficiency of their valuable spectrum resources to increase network capacity.

Massive Multiple Input Multiple Output (MIMO) techniques and products hold the to achieving this. Today’s MIMO antennas typically use two transmit and two receive antenna elements, which double the capacity of a basic antenna. Developed by Nokia’s Bell Labs, Massive MIMO goes further, using many antenna elements to simultaneous transmit and receive streams of signals controlled by advanced software to create a much higher network capacity.

Nokia’s AirScale massive MIMO Adaptive Antennas are available in a wide variety of configurations, frequency bands and power outputs to fulfil most deployment scenarios.  These Massive MIMO antennas leverage beamforming techniques to deliver efficient coverage and improved indoor penetration.

With Massive MIMO, operators now have a powerful new tool to boost capacity using their existing spectrum.


Avoid costly new sites

The extended coverage offered by Massive MIMO means operators can avoid site densification that entails costly new base station sites.

Benefit from 3GPP Release 9 devices

AirScale massive MIMO Adaptive Antenna with 3D beamforming works with existing 3GPP Release 9 devices on LTE TDD networks – no need to wait for 5G to get the benefits.

Increase throughput and capacity

3D beamforming uses a Massive MIMO antenna to create multiple vertical beam cells and horizontal sharp beam for a distant user, increasing throughput and capacity.

Near 5G levels

Massive MIMO is a basic building block of Nokia 4.9G, which will bring LTE network performance to near 5G levels.

Learn about Massive MIMO and 3D Beamforming in simple terms

Customer Cases

Nokia and Sprint have jointly proven the benefits of Massive MIMO, with Sprint becoming first U.S. operator to demonstrate massive MIMO for TDD-LTE spectrum with 64T64R, for both the downlink and uplink on an existing LTE frequency.

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