20 thoughts on “In India, WiMAX Takes Wings”

  1. Om, you know India. What do you think about analysts reports that claim Wimax isn’t a good fit for India because of expensive end-user devices.

  2. Rick, as to your question, with about 5000$ per transmission tower and $300 CPE, the cost is pretty high for rolling out these networks from a consumer perspective.

    i bet with the way indian economy is growing, corporations and enterprise be happy to pay any money for connectivity right now, so that’s a market where this business can actually work.

  3. I’ve read an interesting analyst report that basically said Wimax was more expensive than a broader cellular coverage and that basic phone service would take precedence of wireless broadband. Basically, Wimax would require expensive smartphones or even computers Most of the Indian population cannot afford the those items until economies of scale and cheaper technology is available for Wimax (in about 10 years).

  4. Om .. Dont you think that enterprises are better served by just fat pipes using plain old wirelines. The enterprises are clustered around few IT parks. Distribution is not the problem, back end bandwidth is.

    I do not completely understand why go wireless?

  5. Actually Om, you are confusing Fixed and Mobile WiMax in terms of frequencies. 3.5 GHz and thereabouts is going to be very popular for fixed deployments, as this frequency is avialable most everywhere but the US (and even here in some places). Indeed, most (all?) of the already certified Fixed WiMax gear is 3.5 GHz. 2.6 GHz is for Mobile WiMax. Note that the distinction I am making is not necessarily what flavor of 802.16, but whether the subscribers are actually mobile or not.

  6. Fixed wireless financials look great in greenfield rollouts (overseas countries without built-out wireline networks), but not where it has to compete with built-out fixed line networks. Having run the numbers 3 years ago, I can say the clear conclusion was to take the technology overseas. WiMax in US – versus DSL, Cable or Fiber?!?!? Sure, if you assume $10 monthly ARPUs, which no one who runs those financial models does… Ask those tough questions for US wireless hopefuls and you’ll hear a lot of stammering. Amazingly, VCs and PE funds continue to pour money into US wireless broadband plays.

  7. hi there;
    mobile wireless internet do have a good feture in india but it will take at least 3 more years when end user cpe will 50 – 80 $.then u will see a good groth in internet subscribers, till then fixed wimax will have its course.

  8. hey, could someone tell me how many customers can one WiMAX tower serve and what individual bandwidths would the customers get? and by the way, on a personal note, i believe that services like HSPA n its further evolutions will prove to be good enough for mobile wireless broadband and who would anyways take the headache of rolling out a completly new network for WiMAX?? WiMAX doesnt seem very promising…

  9. Hi,

    What is the latest WiMAX scenerio in India ? What about allocation of spectrum for WiMAX ?

    Can some one through light on this..

  10. WiMAX scene in India – It seems almost every major ISP is foraying into WiMAX. BSNL is betting huge; Sify is deploying 700 Base Stations (BTS) all across the country to serve 200 cities; Aircel has already rolled-out WiMAX for corporate offices in Chennai (Rs 0.5 million ~ $13000 yearly subscription with Rs 30,000 (~ $800) yearly equipment rental); Pune Municipal Corporation (PMC) with a private company Microsense has ‘un-wired’ Pune with a combination of Wi-Fi and WiMAX ($6 for 100 hours of Wireless Broadband); VSNL is betting big too.

    The reason behind this sudden push into WiMAX is because of TRAI’s goal of reaching 10 million broadband users in India by 2007 end. TRAI has already allocated required spectrum to major ISPs. The authority has recommended allocation of 200 MHz of spectrum in the 3.3 to 3.4 GHz and 3.4 to 3.6 GHz to 12 majors ISPs and 1 small ISP in a circle in contiguous blocks of 15 MHz each. Further, 5.15 to 5.35 GHz and 5.725 to 5.875 GHz have been de-licensed for the operators to provide any kind of Broadband service without any spectrum acquisition of licensing cost.

  11. can any one give me a comparison of wimax VS ADSL.and is ADSL is more economical in rolling out to use than wimax if there is a good ADSL service to render triple play service.

  12. Atlas Interactive India & BSNL?

    Does anyone know whatever happened to the Triple Play deal that Atlas Interactive India had with BSNL to wire up 50-70 million homes? Their rollout partner was the Chinese firm ZTE and Atlas was said to have received trade finance commitments of US$1.2 billion directly from the Chinese govt. a few years back.

    Paris, France

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