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Singtel taps MIMO to boost mobile data speeds at large events

Singtel will use massive MIMO base stations featuring a large array of 64 antennas that improve spectral efficiency and cell capacity

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Singtel will deploy Massive MIMO technology in the Marina Bay area
Singtel will deploy Massive MIMO technology in the Marina Bay area

Asian communications firm Singtel plans to deploy massive multiple-input multiple-output (MIMO) technology commercially on its LTE-Advanced mobile network, to boost mobile data speeds by up to 200 per cent at special events for its customers in Singapore.

A precursor to 5G technology, massive MIMO is an advanced solution used to boost network capacity in highly dense environments.

 

Singtel will partner with Ericsson, Huawei and ZTE to deploy Massive MIMO technology in the Marina Bay area of the republic.

 

For a start, Singtel will roll out the enhanced network at the National Day celebrations next week which will be attended by some 150,000 people. Other planned deployments include the Singapore F1 Night Race and the New Year countdown event.

 

Globally, large crowds gathered at events, such as concerts and festivals, use high volumes of data to share their experiences via real-time videos on social media. This level of activity generates a dramatic spike in network traffic, presenting a challenge for operators to provide fast and consistent data speeds.

 

Singtel has identified Massive MIMO as one of the solutions to the problem. It will use massive MIMO base stations featuring a large array of 64 antennas that improve spectral efficiency and cell capacity using innovations in radio technologies. The antenna channels signals to users’ specific locations instead of broadcasting across a geographical area. This multiplies the number of data paths from the cellular base stations, thus increasing network capacity and improving user experience.

 

“Singtel is pleased to be pairing our newly-acquired 2.5GHz spectrum with massive MIMO technology to expand our network capacity and offer our customers an enhanced mobile experience at this and other special events,” said Mark Chong, group chief technology officer, Singtel,

 

“We look forward to rolling out new technologies and innovative solutions to support the anticipated growth in mobile data.”

 

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