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WiMAX Forum urges India towards broadband

Posted: 09 Jul 2010     Print Version  Bookmark and Share

Keywords:WiMAX  India broadband  BWA spectrum auction 

Applauding the Indian government for its recent auction of BWA spectrum as a strong step towards providing broadband access and all its benefits to India's 120 crore (1.2 billion) citizens, the WiMAX Forum urged the Indian operators to deploy broadband in India immediately.

WiMAX operators with 2.3GHz spectrum holdings are among the fastest growing sector in the WiMAX ecosystem. Globally, the WiMAX Forum has tracked more than 50 commercial deployments in this spectrum band and 593 total WiMAX deployments in 149 countries as of June 30, 2010. Additionally, 2.5GHz remains a critically important band among WiMAX operators. The large and ever-increasing deployments in 2.3GHz and 2.5GHz will serve Indian operators and consumers well as they tap into the volume pricing benefits and rich ecosystem of devices.

"WiMAX is ready for Indian operators to deploy now," said Ron Resnick, president and chairman of the WiMAX Forum. "Only 90 lakh (9 million) citizens throughout India have access to broadband, but within six months WiMAX networks and services could be deployed and commercially available – helping the Indian government to pursue an accelerated path to achieve and exceed their goal of connecting more than 10 crore (100 million) broadband users by 2014."

Earlier this month, the WiMAX Forum announced that the first 2.3GHz products gained WiMAX Forum Certified status. The availability of certified products today in both the predominant India frequency allocations of 2.3 and 2.5GHz ensures a faster to time-to-market and enables advantages such as global roaming capabilities. 2.3 and 2.5GHz base stations and end-user products are all commercially available today and are already deployed in markets across the globe.

"We've enjoyed considerable success with 2.3GHz WiMAX," said Michael Lai, CEO of Packet One Networks (P1), a subsidiary of Green Packet and a member of the WiMAX Forum board of directors. "P1 is a showcase of how WiMAX is the perfect broadband enabler for India and the region. P1 WiMAX has now covered over 40% of the West Malaysia population. WiMAX also is supported by a mature ecosystem. It is quite simple, this 4G WiMAX technology today is ready to meet the needs of a nation that is thirsty for broadband, a nation like India."

The WiMAX ecosystem is supported by the world's leading technology and telecommunications companies spanning the entire Internet value chain from silicon to content. The WiMAX Forum urges Indian operators to take advantage of this mature, tested technology and powerful ecosystem to bring the benefits of broadband to India through WiMAX as soon as possible.

"According to an independent research report by Protiviti, every six months of broadband deployment delays will cost the Indian economy $1 billion [Rs.4,617.70 crore] in lost revenue," said Resnick. "Additionally, it will delay the creation of more than two million [20 lakh] jobs nationally per 12 million [1.20 crore] added broadband subscribers based on the increased opportunities that a broadband rich economy creates."

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