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WiMAX market sees high growth in India

Posted: 28 Oct 2008 ?? ?Print Version ?Bookmark and Share

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The WiMAX Forum forecasts that the Indian WiMAX market including devices will be worth $13 billion in 2012. This market projection takes into account 27.5 million WiMAX users, or 19 million WiMAX subscribers in 2012.

Because the Indian telecom sector operates in a volume-driven market, India is not only positioned to spur one of the world's largest broadband wireless markets, but also to support an ancillary ecosystem that will generate further employment, enhance development in semi urban & rural areas and lead towards true sustainability. WiMAX Forum projects that by 2012 the Indian market will support 27.5 million WiMAX users representing approximately 20 percent of the global WiMAX user base.

"In India, WiMAX represents a win-win proposition, benefiting both network operators and subscribers at the same time," explains CS Rao, chairman, WiMAX Forum India chapter. "Broadband penetration being low, the opportunity for operators to gain large numbers of subscribers through WiMAX is incredible. Any service provider with innovative service offerings, attractive devices and go-to-market plans that maximize the utility offered by WiMAX technology to price-sensitive Indian customers can use this ready and proven technology to quickly gain market share."

At a recent global industry event, Ron Resnick, president and chairman of the WiMAX Forum referenced India as a leading example of WiMAX technology's potential on the world stage. Citing the recent decision by India's Department of Telecommunications (DoT) to allocate and auction WiMAX spectrum to the 2.3- and 2.5GHz frequency bands, Resnick excited the audience with India's goal of connecting over one billion new customers.

"India currently has only 4.5 million broadband users out of a population of 1.2 billion people. And with these recent regulatory decisions, India joins other major developed nations such as the U.S., Japan, Korea, Taiwan and Russia in freeing up prime spectrum for mobile WiMAX deployments," said Resnick. "With the expected demand for WiMAX-enabled devices brought on by India's planned WiMAX deployments, WiMAX Forum will add an Indian certification lab to its existing network in 2009 to stay ahead of the demand for products in this region. This will be very important to the device-hungry Indian market, which can look forward to connected laptops, USB dongles, ultramobile PCs, mobile handsets and mobile Internet devices."

WiMAX applications lab
The WiMAX Forum is in the early stages of planning a WiMAX Applications Lab at the Indian Institute of Technology (IIT) Delhi. With successful applications labs already running in Taiwan and the United States, the third lab is set to add even more diversity to the group of developers already in the WiMAX fold. IIT Delhi has a functioning WiMAX test bed and serves as an ideal location to host this lab. Created with the backing of the Indian industry and DoT, the lab will focus on enhancing WiMAX quality of experience and WiMAX community services for underserved areas. IIT Delhi already has active programs examining IT Community services, including telemedicine, distance learning and e-government. These applications are of particular interest to the Indian market, and will be explored more fully through the creation of this lab.

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