Telecoms equipment maker ZTE says it has made a ‘significant breakthrough’ in research on next-generation radio access networks. It announced it has successfully tested the world’s first pre-commercial distributed multiple input and multiple output (D-MIMO) technology.
The field test demonstrated a nine-fold increase in data rates at the cell edge. It achieved this massive hike in capacity using D-MIMO technology based on ZTE’s proprietary Cloud Radio system. In an outdoor test both single-user and multiple-user scenarios were explored and the tests examined the effects of multiple overlapping base stations. The tests were conducted using commercially available mobile device terminals.