[Shenzhen, China, February 23, 2018] An industry-first FDD full-band 4x4 MIMO antenna will be released by TIM and Huawei jointly at the Mobile World Congress 2018. The antenna supports 4x4 MIMO on all of TIM's sub-3 GHz frequency bands, leaving room also for one dedicated active antenna in C band and mmWave. This breakthrough innovation will help TIM to maximize site value also favouring site sharing, will enable diverse 5G applications and facilitate the deployment of 5G-oriented best-experience networks.
TIM's radio access networks have evolved from voice-centric to data-driven networks and in the near future, will continue evolving from CS voice to PS voice (VoLTE) and from GUL to SingleRAN (GUL & NR), transforming network architectures to support agile service provisioning, mobile video services and network automation, entering a new era of intelligent networks. The FDD full-band 4x4 MIMO antenna helps TIM deploy the 5G-oriented SingleRAN antenna solution to cope with uncertainty of different network evolution paths, maximize the value of legacy sites, and lower investment risks.
FDD full-band (700–3000 MHz) 4x4 MIMO compact antenna
The first product being developed on Huawei's latest MUC platform, the antenna uses Huawei's patented AirType Dipole and AirMax Feeding Network technologies to support 4x4 MIMO on all sub-3 GHz frequency bands in a single sector and a single antenna, including 700 MHz, 800 MHz, 900 MHz, 1400 MHz, 1800 MHz, 2100 MHz and 2600 MHz, while leaving room for one new active antenna in C band and mmWave. Its compact size - a 6-array, side-by-side design, only 469 mm wide - and excellent wind load allow for a 15% increase in efficiency and rapid deployment of best-experience networks.
Giovanni Ferigo, Chief Technology Officer at TIM, comments: "TIM is dedicated to technological innovation for better network capacity and user experience. We worked together with Huawei to develop this FDD full-band 4x4 MIMO antenna, which helps us better address antenna deployment issues and paves the way for 5G."
Mr. Joyee Zhang, President of Huawei Wireless Network Antenna Business Unit, says: "We propose a 1+1 Antenna Modernization, Ready for 5G concept. This concept uses one passive antenna for 4x4 MIMO on all sub-3 GHz frequency bands and one antenna for C band and mmWave. The FDD full-band 4x4 MIMO antenna jointly developed with TIM will help TIM as well as other operators rapidly deploy 5G-oriented networks."
MWC 2018 runs from February 26 to March 1 in Barcelona, Spain. Huawei is showcasing its products and solutions at booth 1J50 in Fira Gran Via Hall 1, booth 3130 in Hall 3, and the Innovation City zone in Hall 4. For more information, please visit http://carrier.huawei.com/en/events/mwc2018.