MIMO refers to the use of multiple antennas for the transmitter and the receiver, which significantly boosts the end-user performance on mobile networks.
Vodacom launched their commercial LTE service at the 2012 MyBroadband Conference on 10 October, and at the time the company had 70 live LTE sites. A week later and this number has now grown to over 100 sites.
Vodacom said that they are currently planning to upgrade around 70% of their LTE network to support MIMO. The upgrade, Vodacom explained, requires a hardware swap at each LTE enabled base station.
“The LTE rollout will continue into next year. We should be caught up on the MIMO rollout on the live LTE sites by the end of this year,” Vodacom said.