While MIMO has been in use for wireless communications for many years, massive MIMO will help enhance 5G’s ability to scale. Massive MIMO provides huge amounts of antennas at the 5G base station (i.e. the gNB) that enhances overall connectivity and provides better speeds. MIMO requires particular algorithms that tell the data where to focus energy. “Massive” in massive MIMO refers to the number of antennas, helping to improve throughput and efficiency of the data.
Beamforming is a foundational technology that works hand in glove with massive MIMO to direct beams of transmission data both horizontally and vertically toward user devices.
Thanks to our vast expertise in beamforming, massive MIMO and general technology innovation, Verizon is uniquely situated to scale the rollout of 5G Ultra Wideband and offer users a breadth of network capabilities.