Update (26 Feb 2017): NI, the University of Bristol, and Lund University have partnered with British Telecom to run Massive MIMO field trials. See the update below: "UPDATE: Massive MIMO Field Trials with British Telecom."
By 2020, Cisco forecasts that in the UK alone, mobile users will each consume 20 GB of data per month and use more than 25 different smart devices in their daily routines. Factor in data-hungry applications like 4K video, driverless vehicles, smart factories, and broadband access in the most rural places on Earth, and it’s no surprise that today’s wireless networks can’t handle the rapidly approaching, hyper-connected future.
The Solution (and World Records)
To address the unprecedented demand for increased data rates, engineers and researchers at the University of Bristol and Lund University are using our MIMO Prototyping System to rapidly innovate and advance 5G cellular networks. The team successfully demonstrated greater than 20X increases in bandwidth efficiency compared to current 4G tech.
Not only was this team the first in the world to implement a live demonstration of a 128-antenna, real-time massive MIMO testbed, they also set TWO world records in spectral efficiency, first achieving over 79 b/s/Hz with 12 simultaneous users, and then the second shortly after at over 145 b/s/Hz with 22 users.
Huge implications for the advancement of 5G have come out of their work.
UPDATE: Massive MIMO Field Trials with British Telecom
The quest for highly efficient 5G wireless connectivity has been given a boost thanks to a collaboration between a team of 5G engineers from NI, University of Bristol, Lund University, and British Telecom (BT), one of the world’s leading providers of communications services.
The research team has undertaken field trials of a Massive MIMO system at the BT Labs in the UK. The trials were conducted in a large indoor hall mimicking a stadium environment and outdoors within BT's Suffolk campus.