Austria's Mozart 200"We are planning commercial deployment of Massive MIMO sometime in 2017 (we cannot communicate definite dates yet)." Tom Tesch, Hutchison Drei Austria. Three years ago, Stanford Professor Paulraj told me Massive MIMO was going to produce an enormous capacity boost. It's now coming out of the labs. Every network architect in the world is watching the Massive MIMO at Softbank in Japan and China Mobile. They are getting between 3X and 10X more capacity in the same amount of spectrum and are ordering thousands of systems. I've received so many reports of "tests" I ignore them. I'm now getting committed builds, including Sprint in the U.S.

The press release said "tests" but company spokesman Tesch confirmed to me the decision is made to deploy.

They have 3.8M customers on what the company calls the busiest network in Austria. Traffic has doubled in the last year, aided by aggressive prices of about $20 for a 17 gig cap. Traffic growths rates in countries like the U.S. had dropped to about 40%/year, as Cisco and I have been predicting for several years. Traffic would double as smartphones first became come and then go into steep decline. As wireless companies offer far more data in their basic plans, people are using more LTE and less Wi-Fi.

Mike Dano at Fierce notes a massive shift at Sprint to cellular from Wi-Fi.  Sprint is now offering "unlimited" data as is T-Mobile. (Soft cap at 23-28 gigabytes/month.) People aren't using as much Wi-Fi when they don't face a cost to use LTE instead.  

Almost no one yet believes we are entering an Age of Wireless Abundance. Wireless is becoming so much more efficient that telcos around the world are doubling, tripling, and going unlimited. Verizon's David Small estimates cost per bit is going down 40% per year and others estimate 55%. That allows much more data at the same price. Ericsson estimates capex will go down 2% to 6% worldwide the next few years while offering each customer so much more.  

Three + ZTE: Europapremiere with Pre5G / Massive MIMO implementation

Hutchison Three Austria and one of the leading international telecom infrastructure companies ZTE today announced that they have successfully completed the first tests of the Massive MIMO implementation across Europe. 
Massive MIMO will form the basis for radio transmission at 5G. 
The tests were carried out as part of a cooperation between the two companies in the innovation center on the premises of the company in Vienna in Floridsdorf. 

The implementation, which runs under the name Pre5G, increased the capacity of radio cells to 4 to 6 times compared to conventional LTE solutions. The successfully launched test series was carried out with currently commercially available 4G terminals and will be continued in the coming weeks. 

These Ling Zhi, general manager of ZTE Austria : "We are very pleased to have the first Massive MIMO test carried out successfully in Europe on Austrian soil for the purpose of the Federal Government, Austria to in the coming years to 5G model country in Europe. "With our leading expertise in the 5G segment, ZTE can help provide the best available technology to our customers." 

January Trionow, CEO of Three adds. "As network operators with by far the highest mobile data traffic in Austria it is very important to us that we can continue to provide the best data transmission quality to our customers our common Massive MIMO implementation with ZTE is the way Because this technology allows us to get a multiple of our frequency spectrum. " 

5G is the next generation of mobile radio and will be able to provide data rates of up to 10 Gbps, which is a multiple of what is possible with the current technologies. Already in February of this year representatives of ZTE and Hutchison Drei Austria signed a joint MoU on the basis of which the innovation leadership of the two companies for the 5G technology should be strengthened and further developed. 

An important milestone in this successful collaboration is the new Connect netting test: Hutchison Drei Austria, with 555 out of 600 points for data, was able to hold its pioneering role in the nationwide LTE supply thanks to the use of ZTE technology. 

Since 2015, ZTE has launched some Pre5G Massive MIMO pilot projects in markets outside Europe. Numerous partnerships have been concluded with leading mobile operators, including China Mobile, Softbank and Korea Telecom. To date, more than 20 Pre5G networks have been tested worldwide and ZTE will continue to expand its 5G innovation leadership in the future. 

About three:
Hutchison Three Austria GmbH is a 100% subsidiary of CK Hutchison Holdings Limited (Hong Kong) and member of 3Group Europe. Three generated sales of 373 million euros in the first half-year of 2016 and counts about 3.8 million customers. Since its launch in 2003, the company has been a pioneer of simple digital solutions, such as fast mobile Internet at home, mobile TV, film and music services, and payment solutions for the smartphone. In addition to the largest shop network of all Austrian mobile phone operators and comprehensive customer service for private and business customers, Drei also has the largest LTE network in the country with a population coverage of 98 percent. In the leading network test of the independent specialist magazine connect, three has already emerged several times as a total winner. Three scored the best place in Austria's largest service ranking in the Austrian telecommunications industry and thus became the "Service Champion" (8/2016). 


About ZTE
ZTE is a provider of modern telecommunications systems, mobile devices and network solutions for mobile operators, enterprises, public institutions, and private users. On the basis of its M-ICT strategy, ZTE has committed itself to providing integrated, integrated innovations with top performance and added value within the framework of the merger between the telecommunications sector and the information technology sector. ZTE is listed on the Hong Kong and Shenzhen stock exchanges (H-share 0763.HK / A share 000063.SZ) and provides user-optimized products and services to more than 500 network operators in more than 160 countries. ZTE invests ten percent of its annual turnover in research and development and plays an important role in a number of international bodies for the development of international standards. As a company that attaches great importance to Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR), ZTE is a member of the UN Global Compact network. For further information, please visit www.zte-deutschland.de. 

dave askJuly 2017 Gigabit LTE is real in 2017. So is 5G Massive MIMO. 5G mmWave to fixed antennas is likely 2018, with mobile to follow. China, Japan, Korea, and Verizon U.S. have planned $500B for "5G," with heavy investment expected 2019-2021. 

Being a reporter is a great job for a geek. I'm not an engineer but I've learned from some of the best, including the primary inventors of DSL, cable modems, MIMO, Massive MIMO, and now 5G mmWave. Since 1999, I've done my best to get closer to the truth about broadband.

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