O2 and Nokia Team Up for MIMO
O2 and Nokia team up to roll out two massive multiple input-multiple output (MIMO) trials in key areas in London.
12:43 29 November 2018
Two massive MIMO trials have been launched by O2 and Nokia in the King’s Cross and March Arch areas of London as they prepare to deploy 5G across the capital.
The two areas were chosen due to high levels of data traffic. According to statistics, more than 95 million people pass through the King’s Cross and St. Pancras every year and more than 14 million people travelled through Marble Arch in 2017.
MIMOs are building blocks of 5G as they allow multiple beams of data to be transmitted from the antennas to the devices, which results in faster speeds and bigger capacity.
Brendan O’Reilly, CTO, Telefonica UK, said: “We recognise that customers’ need for mobile data in London and other urban areas continues to grow at a rapid pace. This is why we are working with Nokia to trial Massive MIMO and to explore the opportunities to provide the increased capacity and denser coverage for our customers, in the areas they need it most.”