Vodafone and Telecom Infra Project (TIP), the O-RAN collaborative group, ran the test using equipment from Cohere Technologies, VMware, Capgemini Engineering and Intel.
The test used a programmable AI RAN Intelligent Controller (RIC) compatible with O-RAN components from the companies involved.
It was claimed that the test was was the first example of a 5G multi-user MIMO (MU-MIMO) running on a RIC located at a multi-vendor O-RAN test site.
“MU-MIMO apportions ample bandwidth to individual users connected to the same mobile site and is considered the pivotal technique to boost cell capacity in future 5G networks,” said a statement from the participants.
A Vodafone statement said the system reduces the cost of the hardware by a third and cuts down on energy consumption.