India is on the threshold of a new mobile technology revolution with WiMAX being considered as the new age reality by many mobile manufacturers.
WiMAX is not only being touted as 30 times faster than third generation mobile technology and 100 times faster than the wireless data rates, but is also expected to solve the problems of rural connectivity.
"It could also solve the 'last mile' connectivity problems that prevent internet connectivity in rural India," DoT Telecommunication Engineering Centre Sr Deputy Director General PN Padukone said at the Wireless Tech India 2006 meet.
With demand for spectrum soaring, WiMAX technology is becoming the way to avert the impending crisis.
"Spectrum is finite and the solution is increased sharing and have greater use of the available spectrum. Actually there are at least 40 services which need spectrum," Ministry of Communication and IT, wireless Planning and Coordination Wing Wireless Advisor PK Garg said, adding that spectrum requirements for WiMAX are under discussion.
WiMAX promises a seamless connectivity, high speed data, voice and multimedia services, mobility and affordability. Rural connectivity is guaranteed as long as availability of power supply, personal computers is ensured, content is developed in local language and people are given proper training of handling PCs.
Alcatel Research Centre is developing a product that would act as a receiver for WiMAX services. The product will be available by 2007 and cost less than $100.