Airtel to deploy new pre-5G massive MIMO mobile sites in Mumbai

Bharti Airtel will roll out 7000 mobile sites including pre-5G Massive multiple input multiple output (MIMO) technology across Mumbai in FY18-19 to increase its network capacity for high speed data and voice services.

The market leader which is competing with Reliance Jio Infocomm (Jio) in its 4G expansion to attract more customers will also integrate an additional spectrum carrier of 10 MHz in the 2300 MHz band to further strengthen its 4G footprint.

"We are stepping up investments considerably by adding 7000 new sites and 10 MHz of TDD LTE spectrum. Airtel has pioneered the rollout of Massive MIMO in India and we are now undertaking large scale deployments of the cutting-edge technology in key business and residential hubs across Mumbai", Amit Tripathi, chief executive officer – Mumbai, Bharti Airtel, said.

The Sunil Mittal-owned company in its statement said the pre-5G Massive MIMO technology will be deployed across all major business hubs and residential locations in the city.

Massive MIMO, expands network capacities by 5-7 times on the same spectrum, and delivers superfast data speeds despite large number of concurrent users at the same location.