By Tom Gruba

Vice President of Marketing




eSports, Fortnight, Twitch, Netflix and the streaming of other games and shows are common in households. Tablets, phones, computers, and televisions are all competing for bandwidth.

Rest assured, parents (and teens), it’s about to get a whole lot easier to sign up for the service level needed to support streaming across multiple devices. And Wireless Internet Service Providers will be able to add capacity to their network through software upgrades rather than truck rolls to meet the needs of their customers.

Introducing LTE feature Multi-User, Multiple Input, Multiple Output or MU-MIMO for short. Keeping end users happy is an important part of an Internet Service Provider’s business model. Here are more reasons that LTE MU-MIMO is a winning proposition for operators and their customers.

LTE MU-MIMO By the Numbers

LTE allows wireless internet service providers to add non-line-of-sight (NLOS) capacity, using MU-MIMO, without requiring additional spectrum. Telrad’s implementation of MU-MIMO adheres to 3GPP standards used by mobile operators in the 2.5 GHz and 3.5 bands, including the soon to launch U.S. 3.5 GHz Citizens Broadband Radio Service (CBRS) shared spectrum.

By implementing Telrad’s LTE MU-MIMO solution, sector capacity can be increased by 40‑70%. For example, a sector currently supporting 50 subscribers can now support between 70 and 85 subscribers. Dramatically increasing capacity reduces the cost per sector and subscriber.

Adding Telrad’s MU-MIMO to a sector is cost effective. Telrad’s feature is 1/3 the cost to add a subscriber compared with adding a subscriber by deploying new hardware. The cost to add a subscriber, CPE + Infrastructure, has an ROI of fewer than nine months and it can be deployed much more quickly than hardware.

This is significant to an operator’s business model because Telrad LTE operates in licensed & managed bands. In licensed spectrum, operators will experience more bankable capacity and throughputs.

Additional MU-MIMO Advantages

The ROI for Telrad’s MU-MIMO platform can be measured in additional ways, including:

  • Staying ahead of the rising sustained rate per household by adding capacity quickly and cost-effectively.
  • Increasing market share per tower, with a higher probability of connectivity success in NLOS This shortens sector payback time.
  • Extending the life of deployed assets through software capacity features, thereby reducing the cost and frequency of ripping and replacing.
  • Reducing competitive threats by being able to be responsive to customer requests for service without deploying new towers.
  • Reducing truck rolls with software-defined radios.

Telrad’s MU-MIMO is a win-win for both the operator and the subscriber. So, go grab your controller, log-in to your favorite game and let the streaming begin.

To learn more about LTE MU-MIMO visit Telrad at Booth 335 Oct. 8-11 at WISPALOOZA 2018 in Las Vegas.