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 using Huawei's AAU5613. Ericsson's AIR6488 will be used for 5G Massive MIMO in the Ericsson zone.

Vodafone Announces 19 5G locations in 2019

Vodafone UK 2019 5G locations

On March 7th 2019, Vodafone announced a further 12 cities would get 5G in 2019, to add to the 7 already announced. 5G is already live in Bristol, Cardiff, Liverpool. Manchester, Birmingham, Glasgow, London, Birkenhead, Blackpool, Bournemouth, Guildford, Portsmouth, Plymouth, Reading, Southampton, Stoke-on-Trent, Warrington, Wolverhampton and Vodafone's HQ of Newbury are all on the list

Vodafone Huawei Dual Massive MIMO for 4G+5G at Manchester United

Vodafone dual 4G+5G Massive MIMO using Huawei AAU5271 and AAU5612 at manchester United.

Vodafone dual 4G+5G Massive MIMO using Huawei AAU5271 and AAU5613 at Manchester United. There is one AAU5271 and five AAU5613. Pics by Derico.

Vodafone Huawei 5G Massive MIMO with O2 2300MHz 8T8R with Huawei AOC and AAU5613

Vodafone Manchester 5G (AAU5613) and O2 2300MHz 4G 8T8R (Huawei AOC4518 antennas, alongside other frequencies).

Vodafone Manchester Outskirts 5G using AAU5613 and specced for O2 2300MHz 4G 8T8R from the Huawei AOC4518 antennas which also have the usual 2G/3G/4G.

Vodafone Dual Massive MIMO at Newbury HQ: B38 Huaweu AAU5271, 5G N78 AIR 6488.

Vodafone Newbury HQ Huawei AAU5271 and Ericsson AIR6488.

Vodafone Newbury HQ dual massive MIMO: Huawei AAU5271 for B38 4G and Ericsson AIR6488 for N78 5G. Pic: anonymous.

Liverpool 5G Massive MIMO

Liverpool Lime Street 5G Massive MIMO

Huawei AAU5613 5G N78 Massive MIMO on Liverpool Lime Street

Huawei AAU5613 5G N78 Massive MIMO on Liverpool Lime Street. FDD antenna is a Huawei APE. Pics by Derico.

Liverpool Lime Street Station/Lord Nelson Street 5G Massive MIMO

Huawei AAU5613 5G N78 Massive MIMO on Liverpool Lime Street Station

Vodafone UK 5G Massive MIMO with Huawei AAU5613 second from left near Liverpool Lime Street Station.

Liverpool Colquitt 5G Massive MIMO

Vodafone 5G massive with Huawei AAU5613 on Colquitt St

Vodafone 5G Massive MIMO with Huawei AAU5613 on Colquitt St

Liverpool Kingsway House 5G Massive MIMO

Vodafone 5G massive with Huawei AAU5613 on Kingsway House

Vodafone 5G Massive MIMO with Huawei AAU5613 on Kingsway House.

Vodafone Massive MIMO in Manchester

Huawei AAU5613 N78 5G Massive MIMO at Trafford Exchange

Huawei AAU 5613 N78 5G Massive MIMO at the Trafford Exchange.

Huawei AAU 5613 N78 5G Massive MIMO at the Trafford Exchange.

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 Airport 4G and 5G Terminal 1+3

Vodafone 4G and 5G Massive MiMO on a site at manchester Airport

Huawei AAU5613 5G Massive MIMO panels on Manchester Airport, alongside the existing AAU5271 for 4G.

Manchester Airport Terminal 2 5G

Hidden Vodafone 5G installation.

Hidden Vodafone 5G Installation.

Old pics of Terminal 1+3 Install

Vodafone Massive MiMO on a site at manchester Airport

Huawei AAU5271 Massive MIMO panel on Manchester Airport for 4G band 38.

Vodafone Atlas 5G

Vodafone Atlas 5G Panel

Vodafone Atlas Office 5G

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.

Birkenhead's Vodafone 5G

Birkenhead Russell Road

Vodafone 5G Massive MIMO on Russell Road Birkenhead. Complete with Huawei AOC antenna for 2G/3G/4G technolgies including O2's 2300MHz 4G.

Vodafone 5G with Massive MIMO on Russell Road Birkenhead. Complete with Huawei AOC antenna for 2G/3G/4G technolgies including O2's 2300MHz 4G.

Birkenhead Thermal Road

Vodafone 5G Massive MIMO on Thermal Road Birkenhead. Complete with Huawei AOC antenna for 2G/3G/4G technolgies including O2's 2300MHz 4G.

Vodafone 5G with Massive MIMO on Thermal Road, Birkenhead. Complete with Huawei AOC antenna for 2G/3G/4G technolgies including O2's 2300MHz 4G.

4G Massive MIMO Installs

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