Reliance Jio is getting into the IPL swing of things, first with a new cricket special pack and now with a 4G advanced massive MIMO (multiple input multiple output) deployment at IPL matches. It’ll be doing so in Delhi and Mumbai-located stadiums.
Massive MIMO is commonly regarded as an important step towards 5G network speeds. It provides 5 times the capacity in a 30MHz wide band spectrum in high-density areas. This makes the present 4G coverage much better, as speeds go up due to reduced interference and boosted transmissions.
The technology is useful in congested places, especially indoors. A stadium is typically very crowded, with hundreds of people using their phones to connect to the internet to upload videos or selfies. Other than massive MIMO, Jio is also planning to deploy 4G eNodeBs, Wi-Fi, and small cells.
All this should ensure that customers can connect to the internet without any issues despite the heavy traffic. Airtel is also getting in on the massive MIMO game, announcing that it’s rolling out the tech at IPL match venues in Delhi, Kolkata, Mumbai, Hyderabad, Chennai, Indore, Bengaluru, Kolkata, Mohali, and Jaipur.
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Mumbai’s Wankhede Stadium will have the honor of being the first to receive Airtel’s massive MIMO deployment. The first IPL match of the season is taking place there today. The company was actually the first to begin beaming out the tech, starting things off with Bangalore and Kolkata last year. Vodafone and Idea have also started piloting the technology.