Chennai Gets WiMAX, Courtesy Aircel

by CXOtoday Staff    Oct 12, 2006

Aircel Business Solutions (ABS), part of Aircel, has launched wireless Internet services in Chennai. The company will use Worldwide Interoperability for Microwave Access (WiMAX) technology for the project.

ABS covers 90% of the commercial areas in Chennai. It has already enabled wireless connectivity for SMEs and Enterprise clients through WiMAX based on 802.16d standards at a speed range of 2 to 10 Mbps.

Plans are also afoot to deploy Wi-Fi ‘hotspots’ backhauled with WiMAX in select parts of the city. Mode of payment for such internet access will be prepaid cards integrated with payment gateways.

“ABS is positive about the commercial viability and acceptance of WiMAX across varied user profiles and geographies considering the substantial growth rate of Internet subscribers in recent times,” said Ram Shinde, senior vice president, Aircel Business Solutions.

Coimbatore, Hyderabad, Bangalore, Pune, Delhi, Cochin and Ahmedabad are other cities where ABS is deploying WiMAX networks, albeit in phases. An additional 26 cities are also on the company’s agenda.

The technology uses ‘near line of site’ (NLOS) wireless equipment and enables ‘last mile’ connectivity, addressing network infrastructure limitations of both urban and rural areas. It is unaffected by environmental or climatic disturbances.

Forecasts suggest that the WiMAX subscriber base in India alone is likely to cross the 12-million mark by 2012.