Bharti Airtel Users to Soon Enjoy Up to Triple Data Speeds as the Company Deploys Massive MIMO – India’s First 5G Capable Technology

Bharti Airtel, India’s largest telecommunications service provider, today announced the deployment of India’s first state-of-the-art Massive Multiple-Input Multiple-Output (MIMO) technology which is a key enabler for 5G networks in the future.


As one of the few commercial deployment of Massive MIMO globally, the deployment puts India on the world map of technology advancement and the digital revolution. Airtel is starting with the first round of deployment in Bangalore & Kolkata and will expand to other parts of the country soon.

Deployed as part of Airtel’s ongoing network transformation program, Project Leap, the Massive MIMO technology will expand existing network capacity by five to seven times using the existing spectrum, thereby improving spectral efficiency.

Customers will now be able to experience two to three times superfast speeds on the existing 4G network. Data speeds will now also be seamless, offering enhanced user experience even indoors, in crowded places and high-rise buildings. It would enable multiple users and multiple devices to work simultaneously without facing any congestion or experience issues, especially at hotspot locations.

Massive MIMO is a key enabler and foundation for technology revolutions to come. It is a pre-5G technology that will make the network future ready for meeting the data demand coming from digital revolution and data explosion in India. Customers can enjoy these faster data speeds on their existing 4G mobile devices without any upgrades or plan change. Massive MIMO deployment uses green technology and thus helps reduce carbon footprint.

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.”

Massive 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.

Airtel recently announced a strategic partnership with Korean telecommunications service provider SK Telecom to leverage its expertise to build the most advanced telecom network in India. Under this partnership, Airtel and SKT will also collaborate on an on-going basis towards jointly building and enabling an ecosystem for the introduction of evolved technology standards of 5G, Network Functions Virtualization (NFV), Software-defined Networking (SDN) and the Internet of Things (IoT) in the Indian context.

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S. N. Segal
September 27, 2017 1:47 pm 1:47 PM
Airtel MIMO as mentioned in the article is a? I am from Agra and have been continuously making complaints regarding 4g network in my area. Service Requests are generated and closed without any service technician even visiting the site saying resolved, EACH AND EVERY OFFICE OF AIRTEL GATE HAS “FOCUS ON THE CUSTOMER”. Really very very dissatisfied with the network 4g of Airtel in Agra and specially where I live Soami Bagh, Dayal Bagh, Agra. MY COMPLAINTS SINCE JUNE 2017 UN HEARD – SR GENARATED AND RESOLVED AND THE CUSTOMER MAKING COMPLAINTS ONLY COMES TO KNOW WHEN HE RECEIVES SMS… Read more »
September 27, 2017 12:59 pm 12:59 PM

Actually I talked to some Jio engineer
They will also be applying 64*64 Massive MIMO

September 27, 2017 2:26 pm 2:26 PM

64*64 massive MIMO means
Any more information about upgrades?

Kiran Fernandes | Goa
September 27, 2017 1:32 pm 1:32 PM

You’re joking right? What’s 64×64 supposed to be?

September 27, 2017 9:44 pm 9:44 PM

Go and Read Bro
It’s 64 * 64
Good luck

September 27, 2017 3:48 pm 3:48 PM

He might be saying 4×4

Kiran Fernandes | Goa
September 27, 2017 7:02 pm 7:02 PM

I think it makes sense. It’s 64×64 which is 128 antennas which will not triple, but make it 10 times the speed of 2×2 MIMO. Search YouTube for Massive MIMO live demo. There’s no wastage of spectrum, and it goes inside buildings which is a good one. But we won’t be expecting it so soon yet. Expect it before 2020.