4G LTE Massive MIMO is quite a bit unknown to many people even though it can have a really big impact over people’s daily Internet usage.
It is said to be pre-5G functionality which will help ISPs to provide better Internet speed on 4G network. However, is it really helpful for you? How much impact can it make for you? That’s what we’re going to know in this article.
What’s Massive MIMO in 4G LTE?
The full form of MIMO is Multiple Input Multiple Output. It uses two or more antenna bands to provide two or more data streams by which the data transfer speed increases. So, the data speed will have a pretty big boost when you’re using a device and network which supports Massive MIMO.
Currently, there can be up-to 8X8 DL and 4X4 UL Massive MIMO. However, majority of current flagship smartphones only support 4X4 DL MIMO.
Does it matter to you?
Well, that depends.
Currently, there are very few areas where mobile operators have deployed Massive MIMO. Also, many low-end to mid-range smartphones don’t support it and a few flagships don’t have proper support either.
So, if your network operator have upgraded the network in your area and your phone support it then you’re going to definitely notice improvements.
Whether your area have network with Massive MIMO support or not, I would recommend you to be sure to have a smartphone with Massive MIMO support. The network operators are slowly upgrading their network and the next area could be yours. So, it’s always good to be ready, especially for a mature technology, which is just coming late.