O2 tests 5G, 3.7 GHz, and Massive MIMO technologies in Czech Republic

  • O2 is the first to test the 3.7 GHz bandwidth in live traffic
  • WTTx technology will bring faster internet to households
  • Deploying 2.6 GHz TDD Massive MIMO speeds up connections in areas with high concentration of data users

O2 continues to improve its mobile network and is preparing for future growth in data consumption. "We are constantly growing in the number of customers using mobile data, and our consumption is rising sharply with our new tariffs, and this year's growth in the volume of data transferred by 94% is driven by the interest of home-based customers, including wireless, "explains Marek Růžička, Director of Operations at O2, adding: " Therefore, the network needs to be continually improving, using new frequency bands to increase its capacity. "

Faster mobile internet and home

At this year's auction, O2 auctioned a block of 40 MHz in the 3.7 GHz band for 203 million crowns. It is the best-prepared operator for future service development. Now, this technology is the first to run in real traffic. "We want to take advantage of the spectrum we need to build new services and improve existing ones for today's customers," said Freddie, "The development of fifth-generation networks will bring significant mobile Internet acceleration," WTTx said, adding faster Internet access to homes connected to wireless Internet Air, " says Marek Růžička.

Future solutions for places with the highest data consumption

At the same time, O2 is preparing the deployment of the 2.6 GHz TDD Massive MIMO technology. This brings more capacity to existing frequencies, allowing for more efficient use of current allocations. "Typical use of Massive MIMO technology is at the busy places, that is, in larger cities. We plan to deploy gradually according to the occupancy of individual places," adds Marek Růžička.

O2 now tests both technologies in real-time, commercial deployment is planned in 2018. CETIN is the provider of the O2 mobile network.


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