Vodafone tests Massive MIMO on 5G Spectrum

Vodafone UK became the first operator to test on 5G spectrum after securing largest block of 5G spectrum last week.

The test was conducted on an existing live network between a site in Manchester and Vodafone’s headquarters in Newbury, Berkshire.

To carry out the 5G spectrum test, Vodafone said that it used a site at its Manchester contact centre, which houses around 1,000 customer service employees, and its offices in Newbury.

The test relied on a Massive MIMO combined with 3.4 GHz spectrum running over the core 4G network. The system has multiple antennae to send and receive data more efficiently, boosting capacity where lots of people are connecting to the network at the same time.

“5G will improve the quality of our lives and transform how we work,” said Vodafone UK Chief Executive Nick Jeffery. “This next generation technology will enable medical services that could save lives, from remote surgery to remote care for the elderly.

“It will enhance industrial applications, from automated systems to robotics, helping manufacturers across the UK boost their productivity,” said Jeffery. “And it will enable families to share their experiences with loved ones wherever they are, thanks to innovations like augmented reality.”

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