Delhi Metro Rail Corporation (DMRC) is enhancing mobile connectivity by bringing 5G network connections to all its 69 underground stations to ensure proper connectivity. DMRC has currently covered 29 of its underground station with the 5G system as the remaining 40 are still a work in progress. The underground network is spread over 102.4 km, out of the total DMRC network of 390.1 km.
According to DMRC, the introduction of 5G will allow passengers to receive real-time updates and make efficient online transactions. There will be a reduction in call drops and poor connectivity while travelling in the underground metro. Telecom service providers like Bharti Airtel, Reliance Jio and Vodafone Idea Limited are being asked to provide their 5G connections at the underground stations, as the cable laying and installation of the equipment is expected to be completed within five months.
The DMRC has also set up a robust infrastructure across its network which consists of telecom towers, in-building solutions (IBS) and small cells. The system has been installed in 29 underground metro stations. To provide better mobile coverage in the vicinity of 250 meters, over 240 telecom towers have been installed on elevated roads. Whereas, the small cells also boost mobile coverage in nearby 100 meters. The cells have been installed at the pillars of the Airport Express Line as it passes through areas with poorer signal quality.