Vodafone Portugal has successfully achieved downlink transmission speeds of up to 20Gbps in a ‘5G’ trial carried out in association with Swedish vendor Ericsson. The demonstration took place at Vodafone’s headquarters in Lisbon, and utilised multi-user MIMO technology alongside beamforming, a signal processing technique that directs signals from multiple antennas towards where mobile customers are situated. In addition, the cellco staged a parallel ‘4.5G’ trial, which yielded download speeds of 1Gbps. *According to TeleGeography’s GlobalComms Database, Vodafone is Portugal’s second largest mobile operator by subscribers, claiming a 30% market share as of 30 June 2017, behind PT Portugal (41%), but ahead of Nos (29%).
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