Harshdeep 2.0

November 12, 2006

WiMax coming to India in 6 months

Filed under: Mobile — harshdeep @ 9:12 am

“If the required spectrum is available”, says VSNL.

WiMax trials have been carried out previously in some small patches of the country like Baramati near Pune.

It should make it possible to take broadband to the rural areas, where the geography or low population density does not warrant relatively expensive wired connections. Cheap connectivity to rural people alone can be instrumental in their development, opening up huge volume-based markets.

WiMax offers faster speeds than UMTS but less than Wi-Fi (which, however, has a very small range of 30 meters) . Quoting from a Computer World story:

The nonprofit WiMax Forum has predicted on its Web site that the technology will offer throughput of between 15Mbit/sec. and 40Mbit/sec. over a range of six miles. By comparison, today’s best cellular EV-DO (Evolution Data Optimized) networks max out at 700Kbit/sec.

Here is a graph from Wikipedia placing WiMax with respect to other competing standards in terms of speed and mobility


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