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Spectrum conflict delays WiMax in India

Posted: 17 Nov 2006 ?? ?Print Version ?Bookmark and Share

Keywords:WiMax Forum? WiMax? delay? spectrum? K.C. Krishnadas?

India could miss the wireless broadband revolution unless it reallocates spectrum in the 2.5- to 2.69GHz band for WiMax services, the WiMax Forum has warned. But that spectrum is used by the country's Department of Space (Dos) for its Insat satellites, and the department is refusing to vacate it.

"For successful WiMax deployment, spectrum needs to be allocated in the 2.5GHz band, but in India there are issues with its satellites," Ron Resnick, chairman and president of the WiMax Forum, was quoted as saying in a Nov. 15 report in The Economic Times.

The 2.5GHz frequency is used globally for WiMax services, but the Telecom Regulatory Authority of India (TRAI) has instead recommended 100 MHz of spectrum in the 3.3GHz to 3.4GHz band for the service. That proposal has also encountered resistance, however, since DoS controls the 3.4GHz to 3.6GHz band as well.

The WiMax Forum, meanwhile, objects to the TRAI recommendation that each service provider be given only a 15MHz channel for broadband. "We feel that India should go for a 20MHz channel, which is the minimum channel requirement. Globally, WiMax equipment is configured to work on 20MHz channels," Resnick said.

Resnick welcomed the TRAI recommendation for spectrum allocation in the 3.4GHz to 3.6GHz band but said it would need to be offered together with slots in the 2.5GHz to 2.69GHz band to accommodate more players.

- K.C. Krishnadas
EE Times

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