Airtel to deploy Massive MIMO Pre-5G across IPL match venues

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Massive MIMO expands network capacity by 5-7 times on the same spectrum and Airtel customers will be able to enjoy seamless and superfast data speeds despite the very large number of users in and around the stadiums

Customers can enjoy rich and interactive content on Airtel TV app to add to their in-stadia experience; can share, upload and stream content seamlessly

Airtel – India’s fastest mobile network, is making sure that its customers continue to enjoy superfast data experience on Airtel 4G when they are at Indian Premier League (IPL) 2018 match venues.

Airtel will deploy the advanced Massive MIMO Pre-5G technology across IPL match venues. Massive MIMO expands existing network capacity by five to seven times over existing spectrum, thereby improving spectral efficiency. Customers will be able to experience superfast data speeds on Airtel’s 4G network despite the very large number of concurrent users on the network sites at the venue.

Airtel will deploy the Massive MIMO solution in IPL match venues in Delhi, Mumbai, Hyderabad, Kolkata, Mohali, Indore, Jaipur, Bengaluru and Chennai. The first venue to go LIVE with Airtel’s Massive MIMO deployment will be the Wankhede Stadium in Mumbai where the first match of the IPL will be played on April 7, 2018.

Says Shyam Mardikar, CTO – Mobile, Bharti Airtel: “As part of our endeavour to offer a seamless high speed 4G experience to our customers, we are deploying this advanced Pre-5G solution to enable a high speed and high capacity in-stadia network experience at IPL match venues. We believe this will enhance the digital experience for our customers and enable them to share, post and stream content seamlessly even in locations with massive crowds.”

Airtel was the first mobile operator in India to commercially deploy Massive MIMO.

Airtel users can also access all LIVE matches IPL 2018 for FREE via Hotstar by downloading the new version of the Airtel TV app. The new version comes with a dedicated cricket section and loads of interactive games and content.