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Bharti Airtel deploys MIMO technology for 5G networks

The Multiple-Input Multiple-Output (MIMO) technology will also help improve spectral efficiency.

tech Updated: Sep 26, 2017 17:50 IST
Indo Asian News Service
Indo Asian News Service
Indo Asian News Service
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A Bharti Airtel office building is pictured in Gurugram on the outskirts of New Delhi.(REUTERS)

Bharti Airtel on Tuesday announced the deployment of India’s Massive Multiple-Input Multiple-Output (MIMO) technology. The tech will help Airtel expand the existing network capacity without acquiring extra spectrum.

Airtel is starting with the first round of deployment in Bengaluru and Kolkata and will expand to other parts of the country soon, a company statement said.

Deployed as part of Airtel’s ongoing network transformation programme, Project Leap, the Massive MIMO technology will expand existing network capacity by 5 to 7 times using the existing spectrum, thereby improving spectral efficiency.

“Customers will now be able to experience two to three times superfast speeds on the existing 4G network. Data speeds will now also be seamless, offering enhanced user experience even indoors, in crowded places and high rise buildings,” the statement said.

“India is fast striding towards exponential and unprecedented data growth. Our latest deployment of Massive MIMO, will help us serve this demand and would also give an impetus to build a future ready network. The deployment gives us a strategic advantage to provide faster speeds and enhanced user experience for our customers, thereby translating into improved spectrum efficiency,” said Abhay Savargaonkar, Director - Networks, Bharti Airtel.

First Published: Sep 26, 2017 17:47 IST