Leaping 3G to 4G via WiMax way!!

With recent breaking news on WiMaxing Bangalore the bandwagon will shortly be joined by biggies…

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VSNL has also begun pilot operations in Bangalore for WiMax services and plans to roll out the services in 100 cities by the end of 2007.

BSNL, India’s largest telecom service provider will in the next few weeks deploy what it claims to be India’s first certified WiMAX network after buying Aperto PacketMAX. BSNL believes it has gained a major advantage over its rivals by collaborating with Intel to create India’s first wireless broadband system.

However, Motorola is strongly positioned in wireless networking, particularly WiMax where it is expecting 2007 to be a year of trials, before sales really take off in 2008. Worldwide Interoperability for Microwave Access or WiMax, promises wireless Internet and telecom services over a large area and data transfer at rates in multiples of what you can do with 3G. While earlier WiMax was considered a good technology option for data transfer only, with new technologies for Internet telephony, it is now fast becoming a hot pick for voice services as well.

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Many companies such as BSNL, Alcatel, Intel, Idea and Aircel have already jumped in. What’s more, it could even take on voice services — the mainstay of cellular operators. Earlier, WiMax was only considered for data access, but now Intel has developed a chip when put on the handset can make the handset do everything that a 3G does. Thats not all. Nokia plans to launch new set of phones with WiMax chips by the year-end, which could blur lines between 3G and WiMax. Refer…

In an interesting article by Vivek Nanda of editor of Electronic Engineering Times over ‘4G makes a case for 3G’… he says..

Whatever the technology, “4G” ultimately implies a device that enables IP-based voice and streaming multimedia-based communication, and can control other devices and transfer information using a combination of short-range PAN and WLAN, and longer-range cellular communication technologies. The applications that such a device can enable at home and at work could bring about a small cultural change simply by changing the way we go about our everyday lives.

Isn’t it fascinating, sometimes staying behind the technology provides you options to leap forward the leaders? Bangalore may prove it to be the one representing India!!

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