The Indian Institute of Technology Hyderabad (IITH) has announced a demonstration of the extremely massive multiple-input multiple-output (MIMO) technology being considered for deployment of 5G and next-generation 6G networks. The technique can be used to send multiple data signals on the same channels at the same time, making the best use of spectrum, which is becoming an increasingly scarce resource.
Over the last ten years, the research and development has been supported by the Ministry of Electronics & Information Technology, Government of India (MeitY) and the Department of Telecommunications (DoT). Massive MIMO refers to the deployment of MIMO on a larger scale to improve network coverage and data carrying capacity. The antennas needed for the technology are smaller than those used in traditional telecom equipment, reducing the physical footprint of telecom infrastructure. The technology is a three-fold improvement over the state-of-the-art 5GmassiveMIMO technology and is designed to support 12 simultaneous users. It will be critical in supporting the proliferation of IoT devices and transforming cities into smart cities.
IITH continues to push the boundaries of this technology, and ongoing research includes new deployment topologies for indoor and outdoor cell sites.