With this launch, ABS becomes the first company in India to launch WiMax and one among the five global operators to achieve this feat.
Launching the service, Ram Shinde, senior vice president, Aircel Business Solutions, said: “Initially, ABS aims to make Chennai 'wire-free' using WiMax technology enabling wireless Internet connectivity for SME, enterprise and residential use.”
He said that ABS was positive about the commercial viability and acceptance of WiMax across varied user profiles and geographies considering the substantial growth rate of Internet subscribers in recent time.
“As of now, ABS would be offering WiMax based on 802.16d standards and the forthcoming 802.16e standard will be even capable of mobile Internet,” he said adding that the company is geared to provide coverage to 90 per cent across commercial areas in Chennai.
Shinde informed that the company has invested close to $1 billion in setting-up the infrastructure for WiMax and would invest another $2 billion in current fiscal.
“After Chennai, we would be rolling-out our WiMax services to another 44 cities in three phases over the next six-months,” he added.