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WiMax to drive broadband growth in India: Intel
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TAIPEI: Wireless technologies like WiMax will lead the Indian broadband growth story, helping to achieve the goal of having 100 million broadband users by 2014, world’s largest chip-maker Intel said here on Sunday.

The Government has set a target of achieving 100 million broadband subscribers by 2014 as against 8.59 million users by the end of February 2010.

“India has over 8.5 million broadband customers as of now and the copper line infrastructure is limited. So going wireless is the only option for India and the growth will come from wireless technologies like WiMax,” the Intel Managing Director (WiMax pr ogramme office-APAC and META business development), Mr Lil Mohan, told PTI, adding that over the next three-four years, majority of broadband connections would be on the wireless platform.

WiMax (worldwide interoperability for microwave access) is designed to provide high-speed access to the Internet with much faster data downloads. Intel, which makes chips for the WiMax platform, works with partners like equipment vendors for deployment o f the technology.

Mr Mohan expects the bidding process for WiMax to be over by May and that players would commence operations by year0end.

“The next few years are big for WiMax and one would see huge growth in numbers. High-speed data access is expected to bridge the urban-rural digital divide and help address the concerns of delivering essential services like education, finance and healthc are,” he said.

Asked about end-consumer pricing, he said: “pricing is going to be important as it has been for the telecom industry. It will provide people access to high-speed broadband, which will further bring in growth for the economy.” — PTI

Source: The Hindu Business Line

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