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IMC 2018: This firm promises better smartphone connectivity in underground Delhi metro stations, tunnels



There have been times when you are in an underground metro watching a movie or listening to a song but then the smartphone goes offline due to a lack of network. That’s annoying but then what if there was a solution and you get full network. That may happen soon, courtesy one of the companies that you may not have heard about much – Rosenberger.

At the ongoing India Mobile Congress 2018 conference held in New Delhi, Gadgets Now got in touch with Rosenberger's vice president, Shailesh Pai Dhungat to know how it is possible. Explaining the tech, Dhungat said that the company is using ‘passive DAS’ and ‘active DAS’ solutions through wired ‘leaky’ cables inside the tunnel alongside boosters to keep the coverage intact. Not to be confused with amplifiers that you see in offices, the setup gives the coverage and the signal strength capacity unlike just the coverage.

Gadgets Now learned that the firm has already implemented this setup in 23 Chennai metro stations and tunnels and are in the process to implement it in Delhi metros as well. In addition to confirming that the work will begin from mid-November, Dhungat said that the first line that will be getting this tech will be the Magenta Line that begins from Botanical Garden. The project will essentially expand further to all the underground metro stations and tunnels.

It has been revealed that such a setup can also be used in large convention centres, sky rises in addition to underground stations. Dhungat adds that this setup is already there in one of the hospitals in Mumbai and there are future plans to implement it at other places.

Rosenberger executive concluded that the 'active DAS' solution by the company supports 5G networks as well. So while you may start receiving full coverage in underground metros in next few months, who knows you may also be able to surf on 5G networks while travelling in a metro by 2020.

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