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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 ofAircel,on Thursday announced the launch of wirelessinternetservicesthroughWorldwideInteroperabilityfor MicrowaveAccesspopularly known as the WiMAX technologyin Bangalore, which enables'last mile' connectivity using 'nearlineof site' (NLOS) wireless equipment. ABS also plans to WiMAX 26 more cities in the near future.

At a newsconference in Bangalore, Group Executive Officer, AircelJagdish Kini said"byoffering customised, cost-effective enterprise solutions using next
generationtechnologiessuchasWiMAX,Aircelaimstobecome the 'Service Provider of Choice' forEnterprise,SMEsandCorporate clients."

ABSison the threshold of implementingWiMAXnetwork across Bangalore's prominentlocationssuchas 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 alsoidentifyinganddeploying Wi-Fi'hotspots' throughoutBangalore with indoor and outdoor points backhauled with WiMAX. Internet servicesatthese'hotspots' would be enabled through pre-paid cards integratedwithPaymentGatewaysforon-lineregistrationand subsequentlyactivatedusingthe'Authentication,Authorization & Accounting' (AAA) mechanism.

Head, Aircel Business Solutions Ram Shinde said "withall-India backhaul capacities connecting more than 125 cities andtowns,ABSistargetingthe top1000corporatesforproviding connectivitysolutions, content services and M-Commerce services. Withourrobust infrastructure and technical expertise, we are well-equipped to cater totheentirerangeofcommunication requirements in terms of network, application, security and Managed Services," he added.

DuringOctober2006,ABShad launched WiMAX in Chennai to become the first companyinIndiatoachievethatfeat. The company had alsoenabledWiMAX-basedInternet connectivity at Palace Grounds, the venue forBangalore 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 citiessuchas Coimbatore, Hyderabad, Pune, Delhi, Cochin & Ahmedabadand soonwillbeprovidingpan-citycoverageattheselocations in a phased manner. The company will be WiMAX-ing 26 cities in the near future. "Withseveral stategovernments planning to create wireless cities toincreaseInternet penetration besides initiating e-governance projects,Aircel is keen to be part of the wireless revolution in India not onlyby offering wireless Internet access through WiMAX but also by providing agamut of best-of-the-breed enterprise services on WiMAX platform withbuilt-in service level agreements (SLAs)," Ram Shinde said.

First Published: Jan 18, 2007 20:05 IST