Saturday, June 12, 2010

Qualcomm and Infotel get Kerala WiMAX licence

Qualcomm and Infotel will provide WiMAX Service with BSNL in KERALA Circle

California based chipset maker Qualcomm Inc. and Delhi based Infotel Broadband have won the Broadband Wireless Access (BWA) licence for Kerala in the auctions that ended yesterday. The winning price for Kerala was Rs.258.67 crores. In another development, Mukesh Ambani’s Reliance Industries has acquired 95% stake in Infotel.

Wireless Broadband Acess or WiMAX, which is a 4G Technology provides high-speed wireless internet and data network access over a wide area. The service will allow companies to offer high-speed Internet access as well as IP Telephony and IP TV services.

Companies can deploy WiMAX to provide mobile broadband or at-home broadband connectivity across whole cities. Additionally, given the relatively low cost to deploy a WiMAX network (in comparison to GSM, DSL or Fiber-Optic), it is now possible to provide broadband in places where it may have not been economically viable.

BSNL is already offering WiMAX services in Kerala.

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