Monday, November 8, 2010

WiMax will make a huge impact on Indian broadband markets

New Delhi witnessed a host of glitterati from the telecom world as the major telecom operators and global WiMax technology providers along with policy makers, congregated at the seventh WiMAX India 2010.


Organized by Bharat Exhibitions, the event focused on the delivery of next generation broadband services using WiMax. 'Create whatever you want to do as you move around using the latest advancements in WiMAX' was the theme of the event as current developments in WiMax technologies offer mobile personal broadband users create whatever they want on a variety of devices from the laptop to cell phones.
Making a huge difference to the user experience, the WiMAX 2010, saw the display of tiny modems that

could transform laptops, cell phones and other knowledge devices to wireless mode.

With a sharp business focus the event was an ideal platform for discussing crucial issues of standards and interoperability, spectrum and licensing, network optimization and frequency planning, business models, lessons learnt from large-scale WiMax deployments, business opportunities and threats. Using WiMax as a means of delivering broadband services to the bush, how WiMax can complement other telecommunication offerings, costs and financing, and strategies for capturing the mobile market also became the core areas of discussions.

PJ Thomas then, secretary, Department of Telecom, and chairman, Telecom Commission, inaugurating the conference referred to the government program of connecting all the 6,00,000 villages in a bid to reach out to rural people.


Among the telecom operators and service providers-Packet One Networks from Malaysia, Airtel, BSNL, MTNL, Aircel, Reliance, Vodafone, Idea, MTS, Tata DOCOMO, Tata Teleservices, Uninor, S-Tel also became a part of the event.
The conference offered the best business platform in the country for telecom Industry to conduct business and introduce WiMax service offerings. A recent study sees India's WiMax subscriber base hitting 19 mn by 2012 and grow annually at nearly 130%. This means that in the next four years about 20% of the global WiMax users will be in India, making it a $13 bn market.
Representing a prefect market for wireless broadband technology in India, the WiMAX India 2010 emerged as the perfect answer to Internet related problems.

Though, India is being touted to become the third largest economy, the ground realities, however, seem to be singing a different tune all together. The country has not seen the deployment of wireline, cable, and wireless technologies like GSM, Edge, CDMA1X, EVDO and 3G, etc. WiMax is poised to deliver high speed wireless broadband at lower costs that will aide mass adoption and thus alleviate problems faced by India's broadband market.The international conference, therefore, focused on the delivery of next generation broadband services using WiMax, based on the open standard IEEE 802.16.

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