India largest telecom service provider, Bharti Airtel today announced that it has deployed a 5G capable technology, which will offer faster data speeds to consumers and improve network capacity.
Abhay Savargaonkar, Director - Networks, Bharti Airtel 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 the user experience for our customers, thereby translating into improved spectrum efficiency."
The deployment of 'massive multiple-input-multiple-output (Mimo) technology', a key driver for futuristic 5G networks, will start from Bengaluru and Kolkata, the company said in a statement. The technology will also be rolled out to other parts of the country "soon", the company said.
Customers will enjoy these faster data speeds on their existing 4G mobile devices without any upgrades or plan change. As one of the few commercial deployments of massive Mimo globally, the deployment puts India on the world map of technology advancement and digital revolution," Airtel further added.
The announcement comes as part of Airtel's Project Leap, an ongoing network transformation programme. "Data speeds will now also be seamless, offering enhanced user experience even indoors, in crowded places and high-rise buildings."
MIMO creates 3D beams both on horizontal and vertical planes towards users located within its coverage footprint. This helps in improving coverage and reducing interference across users in different beams, thereby improving signal quality (SINR) by 2-3dB. Serving multiple users by re-using the same set of resource blocks (MU-MIMO) with improved signal quality helps in improving user experience, cell capacity, and spectrum efficiency.