In Brief: Vodafone UK and Huawei conducting TDD+ technology trial 

British mobile operator Vodafone UK and Chinese vendor Huawei have announced that they are conducting technical trials of ‘4.5G (TDD+) with LTE TDD’ technology, with a view to significantly increasing the capacity and efficiency of Vodafone’s 4G network in urban areas, while laying the foundations for the introduction of 5G by 2020. According to a Huawei press release, eight-way transmit and receive (8T8R) and multi-user beam-forming are being tested in Manchester, with the technologies expected to support the anticipated rapid growth in video and virtual reality applications.

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