Massive MIMO: History, evolution and future – Mats Andersson, Huawei

Friday Seminar
Date and time: October 26, 2018 2:30 PM - 4:00 PM
Place: EIT Digital Open Area, Floor 3, Elevator C, Electrum Kista
Speaker: Mats Andersson, CTO, Wireless R&D, Huawei Technologies Sweden AB


In 2011 researchers at Huawei Technologies Sweden AB proposed a new type of base station architecture with the aim to increase capacity by about 1000 % compared to the state-of-the art 2T2R base station used by most operators at this time. At first the possibility of such an increase of capacity was met with skepticism. Not so strange considering that most development projects at this time focused on increasing efficiency of base station power amplifiers, algorithms, or antenna sector coverage by single percentage figures. However, in 2013 the Swedish team had through hard work and many innovative ideas convincingly shown the feasibility of the solution, which by this time was known under the name Massive MIMO. In 2014 Huawei built its first large scale lab prototype in Shanghai and performed tests with China Mobile. In 2015 the first commercial Massive MIMO base station was deployed by China Mobile. In 2018 Huawei’s Massive MIMO products have seen large-scale deployment in over 40 countries, such as Japan, China, Spain, UK, and Saudi Arabia.

This talk will give an overview of the benefits of Massive MIMO, the history of Massive MIMO at Huawei, some recent performance figures and discuss possible future developments of Massive MIMO.

Mats Andersson

has three university degrees (Lic. Eng., M. Sc. and B.A.) and more than 30 years international wireless and telecom experience working at various engineering and management positions at Ericsson (in Canada, England and Sweden) He left Ericsson 2006 to become CEO of the start-up company Bluetest AB. During his 5 years as CEO Bluetest grew rapidly to become the world leading MIMO Over-The-Air (OTA) test company. In 2011 Mats joined Huawei Technologies Sweden AB as Site and System Manager Radio Base Systems in Gothenburg.

 During his time at Huawei the Gothenburg office became a world leading competence center for Higher Order MIMO and Massive MIMO base stations. In 2014 Mats started the company MUMIMO AB to focus on innovation and business development for small and large wireless companies. Since September 2018 Mats is back at Huawei Technologies Sweden AB as CTO, Wireless R&D, Stockholm R&D Center, Sweden. He also holds roles as Chairman of the Board of Forsway Scandinavia AB, SweGaN AB, Satcube AB and MUMIMO AB and is a Board member of Bluetest AB and Gefle Testteknik AB.



Coffee and cake will be served, Registration not required.

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Welcome! /Claes Beckman and Mats Nilson

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