Sprint and Ericsson secured early results from their joint field testing of Massive MIMO on the Sprint LTE Plus network in downtown Seattle and Plano, Texas, demonstrating a 4x increase in spectral efficiency. Massive MIMO is key to a network’s ability to meet demands of urban and rural users as a precursor to 5G network deployment in the next few years.
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5G is not as far off as we might think. Samsung Networks has been aggressively moving towards real-world development of 5G systems, and they are only about a year away from actual deployment. Woojune Kim, Magnus Ojert and Derek Johnston of Samsung Networks give some interesting details about their work on 5G in the US and Korea.