Vodafone UK Massive MIMO

Introduction

Massive MIMO is a technology where tens or even hundreds of antennas are used alongside technologies like beamforming to give a very large capacity gain to an area. It is most commonly deployed with TDD on high frequencies like 2600MHz. In the case of the installations below, 2600MHz TDD is used (Band 38). Massive MIMO is currently known to be deployed on Vodafone in Manchester, Bristol, Newbury, Glasgow and Cardiff. Huawei AAU5271 are used for the B38 Massive MIMO. Since October 2018, Vodafone UK has been deploying 5G Massive MIMO.

Vodafone Massive MIMO in Manchester

Huawei AAU5613 N78 5G Massive MIMO at MediaCityUK

Huawei AAU 5613 N78 5G Massive MIMO on Vodafone UK

Huawei AAU 5613 N78 5G Massive MIMO on Vodafone UK at Salford MediaCityUK. Vodafone 5G Press Release

Manchester University

2 antennas and 1 Massive MIMO panel on Manchester University

Three Huawei Massive MIMO panels are used on Manchester University although two are visible on these pictures. The GPS antennas used for time sync can be seen also. The site also has 4G on 2600MHz, 2100MHz (15) and 800MHz.

NSG Screenshots of Massive MiMo

In the left image, the Band 38 is operating in TM3, so not in Massive MIMO. This will be because the load is low. In the middle example, TM7 is present and the antenna is operating as Massive MIMO. The Right image shows the performance of the FDD LTE. Manchester Airport also has two Massive MIMO panels to provide capacity to the airport.

Manchester Airport

Vodafone Massive MiMO on a site at manchester Airport

Huawei Massive MIMO panels on Manchester Airport.

Manchester City Centre

Vodafone Massive MiMO on a site at Spring Gardens, Manchester

Huawei Massive MIMO panel on a tall building at Spring Gardens, Manchester City Centre.

Cardiff Massive MIMO (Holiday Inn)

Massive MiMo panel in Cardiff

Massive MIMO in Cardiff to serve the Principality Stadium

Cardiff Massive MIMO (Sherman Theatre)

Massive MIMO panel Sherman Theatre Sector 29 Massive MIMO panel Sherman Theatre Sector 39

Massive MIMO in Cardiff to serve Cardiff University
(Photo credits for Cardiff sites: Jake @AD_couk)

Massive MIMO in Bristol

Massive MiMo panel in Bristol

A Massive MIMO panel to serve Bristol Temple Meads train station.

Map showing Massive MIMO installations