Airtel to Deploy Pre-5G Massive MIMO Technology in Karnataka to Deliver Faster 4G Speeds

Telecom service provider, Bharti Airtel, led by Sunil Mittal today revealed its network expansion plans in Karnataka state. During FY19, Airtel is planning to add 13,000 new mobile sites along with 4500 kms of optic fibre across the entire Karnataka state. Airtel is planning this network expansion under the company’s Project Leap, which is a network expansion programme. The telco also confirmed that this expansion would also include pre-5G Massive MIMO technology deployment across major business and residential hubs. With pre-5G Massive MIMO technology deployment, Airtel wants to step-up the data experience to its users in Karnataka.


Pre-5G Massive MIMO Deliver 5-7 Times Better Speeds

This is not the first time Airtel is making use of the pre-5G Massive MIMO technology. Earlier this year, during Indian Premier League 2018, the telco deployed the same across major IPL venues to enhance the data speeds. For the unaware, Massive MIMO expands network capacities by 5-7 times on the same spectrum and delivers faster data speeds despite a large number of concurrent users at the same location.

To recall, Airtel had recently deployed the solution at the Chinnaswamy Stadium in Bengaluru during the IPL 2018 matches and also states that it received very good feedback from customers.

Airtel 4G Covers 98% of Karnataka’s Population

Right now, Airtel has 29 million customers spread the entire state. Bharti Airtel offers 4G, 3G and 2G data services in the state. At the moment, Airtel 4G is covering 98% of the state’s population. Talking about the announced network deployment, Airtel will enable to add massive high-speed data capacity in the network to serve the explosive surge in data consumption led by increasing smartphone penetration and adoption of digital services.

C. Surendran, Chief Executive Officer – Karnataka, Bharti Airtel Ltd, said “Airtel has led the telecom journey in the country with our history of firsts. The revolutionary launch of 4G services for the first time in the state of Karnataka changed mobile internet forever. Today, we are the only service provider to cover the entire state with our 4G network and the only service provider in Karnataka to offer ubiquitous 4G, 3G and 2G services. Our significant investments in network will further boost the coverage and data speeds delivering a superior user experience for our customers”.

Airtel VoLTE Also Launched in Karnataka

Late last year, Airtel also launched its VoLTE or Voice over LTE services in Karnataka. Right now, Airtel VoLTE is supported by over 200 smartphones. As mentioned above, Airtel is trusted by over 29 million customers in Karnataka and its network covers over 39,000 towns and villages.

Airtel’s History in Karnataka

Bharti Airtel was the first telecom service provider to launch 4G services in Karnataka. Back in 2012, Airtel launched 4G in Karnataka on 2300 MHz. Later on, Airtel announced 4G services on 1800 MHz, followed by its VoLTE services in November 2017.

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September 26, 2018 7:46 am 7:46 AM

To support MIMO technology kahich band they need ? Is any CA also requored?

Aftab pasha
September 26, 2018 7:29 am 7:29 AM

I leave in Bangalore the place called BTM Layout and it’s very near to Airtel office but still facing network issues. I gave complaint in the month of November 2017 but still is lts not resolved and they say it’s in hold because they are trying to update the site past 10months. After reading this I feel like it’s jazz for the name sake to show up in market to attract customers.

Rakesh singh
September 26, 2018 2:13 pm 2:13 PM

Even Marathalli is sufferring from network issues. Really stupid network. Jio is same too.. helpless!

Chetan | Bangalore
September 26, 2018 10:20 pm 10:20 PM
Yes , in Bangalore situation has arrived that none of the operators provide better data service as of today. In terms of calls, no one can beat Jio in Bangalore but Airtel and void is pathetic in that front too… But Airtel is investing and once they referm 900 MHz in Bangalore , things should sort out in terms of volte calls… Not sure why Airtel is taking so much time to referm… They have already deployed huawei’s cloud Air technology to run 2g, 3g,4g on 8.8 MHz band 8 spectrum in Bangalore since 8 months now… I have been… Read more »
Nikhil Mumbai-Pune
September 26, 2018 9:24 pm 9:24 PM

Vodafone-Idea doesn’t have enough spectrum in Circle? Which operator to choose? LoL. Only high and phones are getting good speeds. Check out the sims in Asus and Nokia.

Kaushik IMA
September 26, 2018 2:21 am 2:21 AM

Okay, here goes:

Some people say (With screenshots) that airtel VOLTE works fine during roaming.

Others say (With screenshot) that it doesn’t.

What’s the truth? Come on TT users, let’s talk!

Airtel is hiring some people to work for VOLTE roaming as well….what’s really going on? The only reason volte won’t work in roaming is because IMS registration failed. Why would it fail?

September 26, 2018 8:36 pm 8:36 PM

@Kaushik IMA, Airtel volte is not working in Roaming, I was using Airtel for past 4 months and volte used to work only in Chennai city, once I move out from city, volte used to disappear. Even activation of volte was an issue, Airtel backend team is useless…!!

Vodafone volte works on roaming also…!!

subhendu ( kolkata)
September 26, 2018 8:23 pm 8:23 PM

confirmation from airtel nodal officer. kindly see attachment…
thanks and regards.

September 26, 2018 1:27 pm 1:27 PM

@Kaushik IMA, I was using Airtel prepaid connection (Chennai Circle)for past 4 months and volte used to work only in Chennai city, once I move out from city volte was not working, Even while Roaming in AP, KA and KL volte was not working, Airtel took 10 days to activate volte, backend team had issues in activating volte on my number. Airtel volte was not stable..!!

Vodafone volte works on roaming also…!!

September 26, 2018 11:24 am 11:24 AM

my mumbai sim work f9 in mhrshtra goa on volte

September 26, 2018 8:43 am 8:43 AM

Had discussed with airtel customer service team for my number specially, they said that VoLTE has not been enabled for roaming users.