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German operators work on 5G-ready network enhancements

Germany was a hotbed of ‘5G-ready’ announcements last week, including edge computing progress from Deutsche Telekom and a Massive MIMO deployment by Telefónica Deutschland. The latter said it has worked with Huawei to develop a “5G-ready” antenna which is very compact while supporting LTE-Advanced and future 5G requirements. It features an integrated 14-port multiband antenna and TDD 3.5 GHz Massive MIMO antenna. This integrated design aims to get around the difficulty of deploying Massive MIMO alongside 4×4 in sub-3 GHz spectrum, because of the number of antennas and the space they occupy. Jaime Lluch, RAN director, said: “We believe that during the future-oriented network evolution of mobile broadband, antenna installation space severely hinders the progress of network deployment. Telefónica Deutschland…

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