Globe deploys world’s first commercial FDD Massive MIMO

Philippines Globe Telecom has deployed the world’s first FDD Massive MIMO technologies in its 4G network. The operator announced that it will begin the trial of commercial product with Huawei.

The operator claimed that its deployment of FDD Massive MIMO is expected to boost cell capacity by a factor of two to three times based on legacy terminals compared to the current LTE deployment. This enhancement in cell capacity will provide a better experience for more consumers.

Globe Philippines started launching its LTE networks in 2013 and currently utilises LTE technology to provide mobile broadband and fixed wireless broadband services in the region.

Mobile data traffic in the Philippines market has been growing rapidly driven by increased smartphone penetration. LTE networks have been the major contributor to this growth over the last few years. The Massive MIMO technology utilises spectrum more efficiently and hence it can enhance network capacity without adding additional spectrum resources and deferring to the construction of new sites. Massive MIMO is also seen as one of the key technologies for the future 5G era network.

Robert Tan, Chief Technical Advisor of Globe Telecom, said, “We are committed to provide users with high-quality and high-speed connectivity to support their digital lifestyle. Video and rich multimedia content is driving the growth in data demand and the need for a better customer experience. The Massive MIMO technology utilises spectrum more efficiently and enables us to deliver superior customer experience with a tremendous boost in data capacity to support the exponential growth in wireless data consumption from our increasing base of MBB and WTTx customers. We are glad to see the timely introduction of Huawei’s FDD Massive MIMO commercial products. It is a natural evolution of our network towards the 5G era.”

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