Ericsson have built a prototype 5G network and completed a successful test of new radio network features.
The scope of the trial covered features such as massive and multi-user MIMO (multiple input multiple output), beam tracking and dynamic TDD (time division duplex), concepts and technologies that are available in Ericsson's commercial portfolio, and included stationary and mobile test cases.
The prototype system comprises a base station with integrated multiple antennas and two sets of user equipment, and is located in Moscow.
The massive and multi-user MIMO features are based on hardware including up to 512 smart antennas with integrated transceivers per cell, which significantly improves throughput for subscribers.
Also, the multi-user MIMO feature enables operators to serve multiple subscribers in one sector of a cell with the same spectrum, and thus increase the efficiency of frequency use and the cell capacity.
"With a scalable and dynamic 5G network as a base, an array of new services and revenue streams will be available to operators,” said Hannes Ekstrom, head of customer unit MTS in Europe & Latin America. “It will enable the automation and business transformation required for the Internet of Things, as well as services like virtual and augmented reality.”
Ericsson and MTS plan to further develop the 5G prototype system to an extended 5G demo zone in time for the 2018 international soccer competition in Russia.