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Vodafone helps push Massive MIMO beyond its Asian stronghold

Massive MIMO has moved quickly from a science project to an important enabler of LTE network improvement and of 5G plans. Vodafone has been talking about its Massive MIMO work with Huawei, including testing a 64×64 antenna array, but its first real 5G commercial contract has gone to Ericsson. The deal includes modernization of Vodafone’s UK network in the southern parts of the UK, cooperation on 5G trials and development, and some provisions for commercial 5G deployment when the time is right. Vodafone UK will work with Ericsson on product validation, commercial deployment and professional services, it said. Arun Bansal, head of Europe and Latin America at Ericsson, said in a statement: “We are working with Vodafone UK to evolve its…

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