EE 5G Introduction
EE acquired 40MHz of 3.5GHz spectrum for 5G use in April 2018. In the time since, they have stated they will launch 5G in 2019 in London, Cardiff, Belfast, Edinburgh, Birmingham and Manchester, with additional roll out to Glasgow, newcastle, Liverpool, Leeds, Hull, Sheffield, Nottingham, Leicester, Coventry and Bristol. [EE Media Image]
5G Massive MIMO
Deploying the 5G spectrum with Massive MIMO enables huge amounts of capacity to be provided to an area, while also achieving a pleasing range of coverage considering the higher frequencies compared to 4G.
The 5G Massive MIMO Panel (Huawei AAU5613) is on the left. Top middle is the GPS antenna and right is an unwired Huawei ATR for the LTE (4G) anchor.
Another approach to deploying 5G is using lower orders of MIMO than Massive MIMO, such as 8T8R. This has less coverage and less capacity but the EMF emission is lower and it can be less challenging to add to masts (weight and windloading). This example in Manchester uses Huawei RRU 5258 for 8T8R N78 and Huawei AOC4518r8v06 antennas to carry the 5G and 2G/3G/4G.
Specifications sheet for the Huawei AOC 4518R8v06 antenna used for EE 8T8R 5G.