WiMax Update….

Bangalore has joined the elite club of cities enjoying high-speed wireless Internet services, popularly called WiMAX. On Thursday Aircel Business Solutions (ABS) a Chennai based company launched the WiMAX service in the city. Base stations (towers) have been set up at Electronics City, Airport Road, St. John’s Road, Jayanagar, Rajajinagar and Koramangala, each covering a radius of 5 km to 6 km. More to come up shortly…

WiMax is being seen as the future technology and most operators in the country are also expected to roll out services soon. The department of telecom (DoT) has already delicensed 80 mhz spectrum for outdoor WiFi and WiMax services. DoT is also considering delicensing another 50 mhz spectrum for the commercial use of WiMax services. Many WiMax equipment manufacturers are also planning to begin their operation in the country.WiMax is an IP-based data applications and is increasingly being used for many advanced broadcast, mobile and wireless access systems.

WiMax enables fast broadband internet and triple-play facilities. Additionally, it also has a wider network coverage, which is an advantage in rural areas. Aircel will use the equipment of Israel-based Alvarion. However, the deployment will be done through Aircel’s technical team. The company will target the small, medium and large enterprises.

Individuals will have to wait three months for WiMAX because the modem required for the connection is not readily available, and has to be imported. Aircel is mass-producing the modems and will supply them free of cost in three months. The payment for WiMAX will be on a monthly basis, and there will be the option of using pre-paid cards. It will eventually cover Mangalore, Mysore and Belgaum.

Source : Hindu, Business Standard

More info on WiMAX here..

6 Comments so far

  1. Roshan (unregistered) on January 19th, 2007 @ 10:22 am

    Really cool. I can’t wait to start using this service. Would the whole city be covered or just select spots and buildings?

  2. M O H A N (unregistered) on January 19th, 2007 @ 12:12 pm

    Intereseting and a break away types of news.

    high time we didnt pay both the service provider and the telephone company money for a single service including putting up with the cable mess and maintainence problems.

  3. Sid (unregistered) on January 19th, 2007 @ 3:36 pm

    Yes, wireless is very cool. But is it secure? Would you do internet banking on wireless or broadcast your debit/credit card number when purchasing stuff on the net?

  4. Rajesh (unregistered) on January 20th, 2007 @ 9:59 am

    Sid, it’s onlt the medium for connectivity, the secure access can be achieved via secure pages and ancryptions which can be implemented via web applications or meathodologies, if you run VPN over any carrier it will be serucred as the encriptions are done from source to destination and are controlled.

  5. Sid (unregistered) on January 21st, 2007 @ 10:53 am

    OK, Rajesh, you say secure transactions can be done over wireless. I was unaware of this. The reputation wireless has among non-techies (like me) in the US (where I’m from) is that it is unsecure. If you are right then people like me have to be educated. I hope this will be done when wireless is rolled out in a big way in Bangalore.

  6. Amit Agarwalla (unregistered) on January 22nd, 2007 @ 12:40 pm

    Few months back when they did announce at the IT.in event, about the plans of WiMax-ing Bangalore they had given a suggestive figure of INR 250/- per month for individual subscriptions. Hope it remains same.

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