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.
Liverpool 5G Massive MIMO
Liverpool Lime Street 5G Massive MIMO
Huawei AAU5613 5G N78 Massive MIMO on Liverpool Lime Street. FDD antenna is a Huawei APE. Pics by Derico.
Liverpool Colquitt 5G Massive MIMO
Vodafone 5G massive with Huawei AAU5613 on Colquitt St
Vodafone Massive MIMO in Manchester
Huawei AAU5613 N78 5G Massive MIMO at MediaCityUK
Huawei AAU 5613 N78 5G Massive MIMO on Vodafone UK at Salford MediaCityUK. Vodafone 5G Press Release
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.
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.
Huawei Massive MIMO panels on Manchester Airport.
Manchester City Centre
Huawei Massive MIMO panel on a tall building at Spring Gardens, Manchester City Centre.
Cardiff Massive MIMO (Holiday Inn)
Massive MIMO in Cardiff to serve the Principality Stadium
Cardiff Massive MIMO (Sherman Theatre)
Massive MIMO in Bristol
A Massive MIMO panel to serve Bristol Temple Meads train station.