Indian mobile network operator Reliance Jio has announced that it will deploy its pre-5G and 4G advanced massive MIMO (multi-input multiple-output) solutions at two Indian Premier League (IPL) Twenty20 cricket stadia for the 2018 season.

The technology debuted at Mumbai’s Wankhede Stadium and Delhi’s Feroz Shah Kotla Stadium during the opening round of matches in this year’s IPL campaign, which began at the weekend.

According to a Jio statement cited by Gadgets360, both venues will be connected with a range of massive MIMO, 4G eNodeBs and Wi-Fi cells.

Jio said that its massive MIMO offers five times the capacity of a 30MHz wide band spectrum in high-density areas.

“Jio, being the fastest growing network in the world, has to offer a seamless experience to our customers and this advanced pre-5G will enable high capacity network with enhanced digital experience at the IPL match venues,” Jio said in its statement.

However, Jio will face competition this season after rival Airtel also confirmed that it will deploy similar massive MIMO technology at IPL stadia, starting with the Wankhede.

Airtel plans to roll out its solutions at other venues in Jaipur, Bengaluru, Mohali, Indore, Kolkata, Hyderabad and Delhi.

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