Vodafone Idea and Nokia Deploys Largest MIMO and DSR Technology in India

Vodafone Idea and Nokia has deployed the DSR and maMIMO Technology which will enhance the network speed and data speed

By June 3rd, 2020 AT 6:34 PM


Vodafone Idea and Nokia have finished the first phase of deploying the world’s largest Dynamic Spectrum Reframing in India. Not only this, but the companies have also deployed the largest massive Multiple Input Multiple Output (maMIMO) installation in India. The deployment of Dynamic Spectrum Reframing will help Vodafone Idea to use spectrum assets effectively and efficiently which will further help the telco to increase its network coverage in India and give fierce competition to Reliance Jio which is the largest telecom operator in India.

Nokia has Deployed 5,500 TD-LTE maMIMO Cells

As reported by ET Telecom, Nokia under the Single Radio Access Networks (SRAN) contract has deployed around 5,500 TD-LTE maMIMO cells in the 2500 Mhz spectrum. The maMIMO cells have been deployed in 8 circles which are Kolkata, Mumbai, Gujarat, Haryana, Uttar Pradesh (East and West), Rest of Bengal and Andhra Pradesh. The move by Nokia will help the telco giant to increase its network speed and offer seamless connectivity to subscribers. Vishant Vora who is the CTO of Vodafone Idea stated that the telco’s investment in maMIMO Technology had been a great aid in offering seamless connectivity in lockdown period as the demand for data and voice services has increased drastically, and network towers have witnessed overload due to the added pressure. Due to the lockdown period, the demand for data services has increased by around 20 %. Sanjay Malik who is the Senior Vice President and Head of India, Nokia also stated that the deployment of DSR and maMIMO Technology would help Vodafone Idea enhance its network capacity and enhance the experience of its customers in India.

Deployment of DSR and maMIMO Will Facilitate 5G Technology

As per the Nokia MBiT Index 2020 reveals that the demand for data services has increased extensively in India. Nokia’s DSR technology which has been deployed is extremely flexible and automated, which will allow the telco to adapt to dynamic and evolving traffic patterns. Not only this, but the deployment of maMIMO Technology will also help Vodafone Idea to transition to 5G Technology in future.

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Biswadeep, Kolkata
Biswadeep, Kolkata

Now a days Vodafone network has become pathetic in Kolkata Location … !!! After the Cyclone Amphan I can’t even talk to my friends/colleagues who are using vodafone … !!! Most of my relatives and friends are moving out of it to either Jio or to Airtel. Previously Vodafone used to have 900MHz band for 2G in Kolkata and thus they had fewer cell sites than others and now even they have almost the same number of sites when they operate on Bands like 2500,2100 for 4G. Atleast I have not seen any new Vodafone Towers came up in my… Read more »

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In Bangalore, vodafone has matched 1:1 with Airtel and jio towers post merger. In my area, there were 3 towers of both Airtel and jio, and two from vil. Later post merger, vil aadedd additional third site on existing jio , Airtel site to enhance coverage. So things are different in different circles… Basically they r using removed duplicate equipment removed from site and installed on new site. Kolkata is their prime circle, so not sure why they are slow or not installing enough site. Moreover I am not able to understand their strategy itself of where and how they… Read more »

Biswadeep, Kolkata
Biswadeep, Kolkata

Kolkata used to be their Prime circle bit it seems that it is not anymore after their merger.
Today an network engineer came to my for Jio optimisation and he told that previously he was in Vodafone but recently Switched to Jio… he was telling that in last 6 months vodafone basically invested nothing in coverage improvement and just like I told .. no new sites were planned as well

Kaushik IMA
Kaushik IMA

They’ve cut staff by merging operational teams between many circles, for example now there is no separate CG “team”, it’s all based off MP. For the 10 regional clusters now there are only 10 teams, not 22 like there used to be. Higher revenue areas like Gujarat, Mumbai, Maharashtra are still having their “own” teams, but in many cases lower revenue areas are merged together and HQed from one location (e.g. HP+J&K+Ladakh). Although there’s not much coverage about it, I think Vodafone Idea is also slowly paring down 3G coverage wherever 4G is good enough.


I ported out from Vodafone due to high latency and low download speed. It barely reached 2 Mbps, in locations like Park Street, Mullickbazar, Beckbagan. Latency had crossed 400 ms on nearest servers. Funnily enough, the upload speed never dropped below 16 Mbps. I used to switch to Vodafone 3g for usage.


5500 towers in 8 circles ( avg of 700 towers per Circle) it’s ok for Mumbai and kolkata since both are cities but about other circles which include multiple cities

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