WiMax Forum Renews Call for Broadband
The WiMAaxX Forum has renewed its call to the Indian government to enable the auction to happen on schedule in January 2010 and also take steps to release spectrum for WiMax deployments in the 2.3/2.5 GHz frequency bands.
According to the Forum, every six months delay in the auction process translates into $1 billion in revenue loss to the country’s economy.
"WiMAax auctions should be done well ahead by de-linking the auction from the 3G auction process as the country needs broadband growth and wireless high-speed Internet access now for the economic development of the Indian society," said Ron Resnick, president and chairman, WiMax Forum.
Resnick said that there are 500 million mobile phone subscribers in India today, but only 7.4 million have access to broadband connections. "India needs immediate and affordable broadband access to meet the aspirations and expectations of the younger generation who constitute 56 per cent of the population," he said.
"WiMax represents the only viable option to achieve faster roll out of broadband services in order to meet the government’s targeted 100 million broadband users by 2014," he added.
Given its true broadband performance, early availability, cost advantages, government support and the upcoming auctions for the 2.3GHz frequency band, WiMax Forum projects the Indian WiMax market including devices to be worth $13 billion by 2012. This forecast takes into account 27.5 million WiMAX users, or 19 million WiMax subscribers in 2012.
According to Infonetics Research, WiMax will accrue nearly 28 million Indian subscribers by 2013 exceeding the combined WiMax subscribers in Brazil, China and Russia.
"As one of the largest ICT markets in the world, India has a unique and golden opportunity to take a leadership position amongst BRIC countries with providing broadband services to its massive population," Resnick said
WiMax is the first commercial technology specifically optimised for mobile broadband, which will enable delivery of broadband Internet anywhere an operator chooses to deploy for any service model, including fixed, portable and mobile.
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