BSNL goes live with India's first mobile Wimax network

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The two 4G technologies continue to fight it out for the end-of-year headlines, and this week sees Wimax scoring in two of the markets that are likely to make its fortunes in the coming decade, India and Indonesia, while the mobile heartland of western Europe continues to add to its LTE trials.

Despite spectrum auction delays and other bureaucracy, India is set to be the biggest base on earth for Wimax by 2012, and state-owned carrier BSNL - which has pre-auction access to spectrum - has gone live with the country's first Mobile Wimax network.
 
The company already has deployments using fixed Wimax but now plans a major national rollout based on 802.16e, and the first services were launched by the state minister for communications and IT in Rajasthan, Shri Sachin Pilot.
 
BSNL has two parallel projects, one for rural areas - which was being kicked off by Pilot - and one for metro networks.
 
Initially, access will be delivered to Common Service Centers since few people in rural districts will have personal computers or even power supply.
 
As well as bringing basic access to underserved communities - and helping to meet the Indian government's targets to lift the country's woeful levels of broadband penetration - the operator plans to work with partners to enable several key applications.
 

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