08 Apr 2018
Reliance Jio provides high-speed internet at IPL venues
Reliance Jio has announced that it will deploy pre-5G Massive MIMO (Multiple-Input Multiple-Output) advanced technology at Mumbai's Wankhede Stadium and Delhi's Feroz Shah Kotla Stadium for the entirety of IPL 2018.
This will allow spectators to access high-speed internet during the matches.
IPL 2018 commenced on April 7 with the inaugural match at Wankhede Stadium and will end on May 27.
Pre-5G Massive MIMO technology
Pre-5G Massive MIMO technology is capable of offering five times the capacity of a 30MHz wide band spectrum.
This particularly becomes helpful in high-density areas like cricket stadiums.
To create a seamless wide-ranging internet network, Jio will be connecting both stadiums with an array of Massive MIMO, 4G eNodeBs, and several Wi-Fi cells.
Jio also launched special cricket prepaid pack for Rs. 251
"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," Reliance Jio said.
The telecom operator has also launched a special cricket pack for Rs. 251 that offers 102GB of data with a validity of 51 days.
Jio to face competition from Airtel
In comparison, rival Airtel has also deployed a similar pre-5G Massive MIMO technology in the Wankhede Stadium. However, Airtel claims its services to be more widespread, covering IPL match venues in Jaipur, Bengaluru, Mohali, Indore, Kolkata, Hyderabad, Delhi, and Mumbai.