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India sees budding WiMax support

Posted: 25 Jul 2006 ?? ?Print Version ?Bookmark and Share

Keywords:WiMax? Intel? Beceem Communications? Aperto Networks? Telsima?

India's contribution to WiMax development comes through the support of hardware developers at both the chip and OEM levels. semiconductor support regionally includes a company with one of the earliest chip set implementations, Beceem Communications Inc. Others with centers in Bangalore include Aperto Networks Inc., a provider of WiMax basestations and subscriber units, and Telsima Corp.

The Indian government is not far behind, with its Center for Development of Telematics. The center for Wimax research, located in the southern Indian city of Chennai, is a joint venture with France's Alcatel.

Trials in India by private and government organizations include one by Videsh Sanchar Nigam Ltd, which has deployed Aperto's multiservice broadband wireless systems in 65 Indian cities, making Aperto among the first in the world to deploy WiMax Forum-certified technology.

Intel is conducting WiMax trials in a dozen cities in India, but it will be a year before the results are published. The government-owned Mahanagar Telephone Nigam Ltd is starting pilots in two cities as soon as the state allocates spectrum. Private players like Bharti and Reliance are also readying pilot deployments.

"We can expect 13 million WiMax subscribers in India by 2012," according to a forecast of India's WiMax market by research firms Maravedis and Tonse Telecom.

Larger regional players in India hint at trials soon, but they are tight-lipped about their plans.

- K.C. Krishnadas
EE Times

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