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Bharti Airtel to offer three times faster 4G speed

The first round of deployment will be done in Bengaluru and Kolkata and will be expanded to other parts of the country soon, according to a statement from the company

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Country's largest telecom service provider Bharti Airtel on Tuesday 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.

This 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 faster speed on the existing 4G network.

The first round of deployment will be done in Bengaluru and Kolkata and will be expanded to other parts of the country soon, according to a statement from the company.

The new technology has been deployed as a part of Airtel's ongoing network transformation program, Project Leap. After the deployment, data speeds will 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 other 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, the company said.

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 user experience for our customers, thereby translating into improved spectrum efficiency."

Airtel recently also 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 ongoing 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 Internet of Things (IoT).

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