Huawei reports 30+ networks in 2016. Networks have already been deployed from Bangkok and Jakarta, to Riyadh and Istanbul, Paris, Berlin and Vancouver. T-Mobile, Sprint, and AT&T in the U.S. are confirmed for 2017. Eric Zhao of Huawei believes the time has come where 4x4 should be the standard choice and Massive MIMO is right for hotspots. He predicts 100+ four antenna networks by the end of 2017.
4T4R (four transmit and four receive,) three or four carriers aggregated (60-80 MHz,) and 256 QAM signaling combine for close to a gigabit- Gig LTE. That's the hottest trend of 2017 and about 5x more than early LTE.
Christopher Hopcraft, Chief Technology Officer of fast-growing TRUE in Thailand, has deployed 4x4 across most of the network in his country with a population slightly higher than France or England.
He believes TRUE recently had the largest 4x4 network in the world, although more populous U.S. and China will soon pass them.
Hopcraft and Telus CTO Ibrahim Gedeon at the Huawei MBB were very happy with the performance of 4x4. The real test will come when the networks are loaded, but the buzz is very favorable.
Four antennas double or triple capacity most places. The extra cost of a four antenna system, including radio, is modest. Maximum results require four antennas in the phones as well, which are just beginning to ship.
This map, from Huawei, will be almost all blue within the year. The U.S. and much of Western Europe are buying advanced gear, as they have for decades. CJK - China, Japan, Korea - are always at the forefront. Countries like Saudi Arabia and Thailand are no longer left behind.
The majority of broadband landlines and an even higher percentage of wireless are in the Global South.