Mobily cooperated with Ericson to unveil TDD 4X4 MIMO technology to its LTE network in the western region of KSA.
According to a press release published by Mobily on Sunday, this technology will be deployed using the state-of-the-art Ericsson Radio System and L16 network software release.With 4×4 MIMO technology, Mobily subscribers can enjoy higher data speeds, increased network capacity and an overall enhanced end-user experience, with expectations for mobile data traffic to double year-on-year.
Maziad Al Harbi, chief technology officer at Mobily, said:
“We want to ensure that our end-user will reap significant benefits from the deployment of 4×4 MIMO technology.”
“Ericsson’s unique 4×4 Mimo technology enables us to accelerate data speeds to a maximum of up to 220 Mbps on a 20 MHz LTE TDD carrier. Undoubtedly, this will significantly improve our customer experience, which corresponding with our strategy,” he said.
Ericsson’s 4×4 Mimo technology addresses data speed and capacity demands in the most challenging areas and this in turn helps deliver a superior, improved connectivity experience to on-the-go Mobily subscribers, said a statement.
The technology increases the spectral efficiency of the LTE connection to double the data speed till it reaches up to 220 Mbps on a 20 MHz TDD carrier – without the need for additional spectrum, it said.
The fact that data speeds are increased using existing spectrum of the network provides a cost effective means to increase LTE network capacity, it stated.
Ali Eid, Head of Ericsson Saudi Arabia, Jordan and Palestine added:
“Ericsson’s 4×4 MIMO technology will give Mobily the ability to enhance its customers’ experience – and ensure higher speeds with expanded and improved app coverage. Mobile broadband is now an integral part of our everyday lifestyle where constant connectivity is expected anytime, anywhere. By introducing our integrated 4×4 MIMO to the LTE network, we will be able to offer Mobily a more reliable and higher capacity network – especially designed to support its customers’ connected lifestyles.”