Vodafone and Huawei Trial New 4.5G Technologies to Prepare for 5G

Vodafone UK and Huawei are conducting technical trials of a new mobile technology, 4.5G (TDD+) with LTE TDD, to significantly increase the capacity and efficiency of its 4G network in urban areas, as well as lay the foundations for the introduction of 5G by 2020.


New 4*4 MIMO (Multiple-Input Multiple-Output) techniques eight-way transmit and receive (8T8R), together with multi-user beam-forming are being tested in Manchester. These will support the expected rapid growth in video and virtual reality applications with the arrival of next generation smartphones.

Unlike traditional methods of transmitting mobile signals between base stations and mobiles, beam forming and four-way receiver diversity significantly improve performance in heavily built up areas, by combining the signals from multiple angles and co-located antennas in order to reduce interference and improve throughput. The trial involves 4×4 versions of MIMO in order to deliver mobile data services at much greater speeds and with improved accuracy. The 8T8R beamforming concentrates the user-specific energy and multiplexes the resource between different users, thus increasing the average as well as the edge performance.

By combining MIMO with beam-forming, Vodafone is better able to focus customers’ mobile signals in specific directions to ensure the best user experience and minimise interference during peak times in highly populated areas. As a result, more signal reaches more subscribers particularly at the edge of the base station coverage, in order to provide higher average speeds across the network.

Huawei LTE TDD President, Veni Shone, said: “This joint innovation with Vodafone has proved that 4.5G (TDD+) is a good solution to release the potential of TDD spectrum and will help Vodafone build the most advanced LTE network available. We are very proud of this collaboration, and are dedicated to providing optimal solutions to customers. The newly deployed LTE TDD network immediately serves the LTE TDD capable commercial smartphones and successfully carries significant live network traffic. This trial proves that LTE TDD with the most recent technologies can be naturally converged with LTE FDD and improve the overall experience enjoyed by all users on the network.”

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July 28, 2016 8:31 pm 8:31 PM

5G for ts india?. Ufff. Can’t stop laughing.

July 28, 2016 9:35 pm 9:35 PM

Read the first line carefully. It’s Vodafone UK, not India or UAE.
“Vodafone UK and Huawei are conducting technical trials of a new mobile technology,… “

July 27, 2016 11:21 pm 11:21 PM

Ha ha 2g chalta nhi ,3g par speed nhi,4g ka pata nahi , chale hai 4 .5 aur 5g launch karne lootere

Sree, Hyd
July 28, 2016 3:13 am 3:13 AM

well said!

July 27, 2016 8:04 pm 8:04 PM

And vodafone will provide 1gb 5g data for rs 250 with 28 days validity.

July 28, 2016 8:33 pm 8:33 PM

Correction :

It will be 18 days and not 28 days. 1 GB 5G data with 30 days validity will cost Rs.400 to 500 for sure. Then 5G at 4G rates and the ad of the acid thrown girl will appear again.