British mobile network operator (MNO) O2 UK has announced that it is working with Nokia on two Massive MIMO trials in the UK – at Kings Cross and Marble Arch, respectively. The trials aim to enhance connectivity for [its] customers, ‘paving the way for the future deployment of 5G across the capital’, with O2 suggesting that by trialling the technology in locations with high levels of data traffic, it will be able to boost coverage in these areas whilst also evaluating the technology for future deployment in urban areas. The pilot project is reportedly utilising the additional 2.3GHz spectrum that O2 UK secured at auction earlier this year. The MNO now plans to evaluate the trials with a view to potentially deploying the technology elsewhere in London and beyond as it continues to modernise its network in cities across the UK.
Brendan O’Reilly, chief technical officer at Telefonica UK, said of the trials: ‘We recognise that customers’ need for mobile data in London and other urban areas continues to grow at a rapid pace. This is why we are working with Nokia to trial Massive MIMO and to explore the opportunities to provide the increased capacity and denser coverage for our customers, in the areas they need it most.’