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Baramati: 1st town in India to get WiMax

BS Reporter in Baramati | November 03, 2006 09:35 IST

Baramati on Thursday pipped Pune to become the first town to get WiMax services in the country. The pilot project was inaugurated by Intel Chairman Craig Barrett, who is on his eighth visit to India.

"WiMax is an inexpensive way to cover a large area and is ideal for rural towns, which have limited access to other infrastructure," Barrett said.

WiMax, or worldwide interoperability for microwave access, is WiFi on steroids. While WiFi's range is about 30 metres, WiMax covers a radius of 50 km with wireless Internet access.

The pilot project has been deployed by Intel along with Aircel and the Maharashtra government on the 3.3 GHz frequency over 20 km and 6 km. It will be available in Baramati and four neighbouring towns and will allow bandwidth speeds of up to 512 kbps.

Research firms Maravedis and Tonse Telecom have predicted that India will have 13 million WiMax subscribers by 2012.

Intel had announced it planned to start WiMax trials over the next few months in several cities across India, including Mumbai, Delhi and Bangalore.

Pune was to be the first WiMax city in India with commercial deployment scheduled for November on the same frequency of 3.3 GHz.

However, this project has been delayed because the Pune Municipal Corporation and Intel, which is the implementation partner in Pune, too, are awaiting technical clarifications from the Telecom Regulatory Authority of India for commercial deployment of the technology in the city.

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Sub: can access laptop

hello sir, this is a very great jop and i wand to know can access internet via laptop like wifi ? yes means in Practically ...

Posted by ravikumar

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We have been expecting this for the last two years. Let this Wimax be implemented in other cities also, so that more and more people ...

Posted by K. Shanker

Sub: Great News

Thats great news. The opportunities are immense. Just imagine working on your laptop via VPN on your way to work. If this is implemented in ...

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