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WiMAX technology launched in Bangalore

The technology enables 'last mile' connectivity using 'near line of site' (NLOS) wireless equipment, reports BR Srikanth.

india Updated: Jan 18, 2007 20:05 IST

Aircel Business Solutions (ABS), part of Aircel, on Thursday announced the launch of wireless internet services through Worldwide Interoperability for  Microwave Access popularly known as the WiMAX technology in Bangalore, which enables 'last mile' connectivity using 'near line of site' (NLOS) wireless equipment. ABS also plans to WiMAX 26 more cities in the near future.

At a newsconference in Bangalore, Group Executive Officer, Aircel Jagdish Kini said "by offering customised, cost-effective enterprise solutions using next
generation technologies such as WiMAX, Aircel aims to become the 'Service   Provider  of  Choice' for Enterprise, SMEs and Corporate clients."

ABS is on the threshold of implementing WiMAX network across Bangalore's  prominent locations such as the Electronic City, Airport Road, St Johns Road, Jaya Nagar, Rajaji Nagar and Koramangala and would provide pan-city coverage across many other commercial areas soon. It is also identifying and deploying  Wi-Fi 'hotspots' throughout Bangalore with indoor and outdoor points backhauled with WiMAX. Internet services at these 'hotspots' would be enabled through pre-paid cards integrated with Payment Gateways for on-line registration and subsequently activated using the 'Authentication, Authorization  & Accounting' (AAA) mechanism.

Head, Aircel Business Solutions Ram Shinde said "with all-India backhaul capacities connecting more than 125 cities and towns, ABS is targeting the  top 1000 corporates for providing connectivity solutions, content services and M-Commerce services. With our robust infrastructure and technical expertise, we are well-equipped to cater to the entire range of communication  requirements in terms of network, application, security and Managed Services," he added.

During October 2006, ABS had launched WiMAX in Chennai to become the first  company in India to achieve that feat. The company had also enabled WiMAX-based Internet connectivity at Palace Grounds, the venue for Bangalore  IT.in  Exhibition (held from October 28 to 31, 2006) to help exhibitors and business delegates get a first-hand experience of the technology.

ABS has also deployed WiMAX networks with limited coverage in many other cities such as Coimbatore, Hyderabad, Pune, Delhi, Cochin & Ahmedabad and  soon will be providing pan-city coverage at these locations in a phased manner. The company will be WiMAX-ing 26 cities in the near future. "With several  state governments planning to create wireless cities to increase Internet penetration besides initiating e-governance projects, Aircel  is  keen to be part of the wireless revolution in India not only by offering wireless Internet access through WiMAX but also by providing a gamut of best-of-the-breed enterprise services on WiMAX platform with built-in service level agreements (SLAs)," Ram Shinde said.