WIMAX: Wireless Broadband Access throughout India by 2010!


There is no doubt that Indian Telecommunication Industry is currently growing at an unimaginable pace. Normally, growth of Internet subscribers is directly relative to growth of telecom subscribers. However in India, Internet penetration has not taken off, especially broadband Internet subscribers (less than 3 million).Interestingly, with more than 100% growth, more and more people are accessing Internet through their mobile phones. However, mobile internet too has its own limitations, including speed, cost and small screen browsing.

It is imperative that Broadband Internet in India takes off, as the future of Indian online startups depends on that.

As I have mentioned number of times earlier, the main reasons for low broadband subscribers are inadequate infrastructure, poor internet speeds and lack of easy access to broadband connections.

To overcome these problems, telecom and broadband companies in India are moving to new generation networks like WIMAX  that are expected to provide affordable broadband connections across India.

India WIMAX Logo

What is WIMAX?

WiMAX, the Worldwide Interoperability for Microwave Access, is a telecommunications technology aimed at providing wireless data over long distances in a variety of ways, from point-to-point links to full mobile cellular type access. It is based on the IEEE 802.16 standard, which is also called WirelessMAN. The name WiMAX was created by the WiMAX Forum, which was formed in June 2001 to promote conformance and interoperability of the standard. The forum describes WiMAX as “a standards-based technology enabling the delivery of last mile wireless broadband access as an alternative to cable and DSL.”

Simply put, WIMAX is a wireless technology that can transmit high bandwidths at long distances. This technology works quite similar to existing cellular network setup. WIMAX hotspots (similar to cellular towers) are setup at various locations that wirelessly transmit high bandwidth data into consumer homes.

Government of India announced at recent WIMAX Forum India summit that they are in favor of WIMAX technology in India and will push manufacturing of WIMAX equipment, bringing down the cost of equipment devices.

Globally, there are more than 400 WIMAX operators and in US, with some of the large cities having full wireless broadband coverage (in some cases internet access is completely free too).

Telecom companies and Government of India are looking at enabling high bandwidth Wireless Internet access throughout India by end of 2010. If it becomes a reality, India will be in the forefront of ongoing Worldwide Internet revolution.

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  2. Rituraj says

    Recently I have been there in Germany. I felt the power of wimax technology over there. I got 36 mbps speed. In India we are stuck in range of 1 mbps.
    Now PC prices/ notebook prices are quite affordable in India, my standpoint is that ” are we ready to synchronize our operations with upcoming wimax technology?”

  3. Parveen Saini says

    Reliance is providing wimax service in Delhi and ncr to delhi region.

  4. saikiran says

    list the wimax deployments in india

  5. Amitabh Kumar says

    Mobile WiMAX is expected not only to survive one of the strongest technologies transforming the world of mobile broadband.
    There are many reasons whay this is bound to happen including the much higher spectral efficiencies,ease of coverage of a city and easy integration with internet applications.

    However in India, we seem to be getting bogged down in spectrum issues. Mobile WiMAX spectrum, the key technology used today is yet to be allocated or auctioned.

  6. hansmash says

    So we have to think if WiMAX will survive or not ?

  7. Amit Mehta says

    hope so,,

  8. trakin says

    Sumedh, appreciate your feedback.
    Interestingly, todays newspaper covered the sorry state of WiMAX installation that was planned to rollout some 6 months back in Pune.
    Nothing is operational as of today.

  9. Sumedh says

    Honestly…these “Govt. initiatives about broadband” posts are getting repeatative and boring…

    Let’s talk only when we actually see something happening on the ground…

    We had a very hyped WiMax rollout in Pune, and nothing has happened on that after initial “Bhashan baji” :)

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