BSNL rolls out WiMAX in Kerala

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Kochi: Bharat Sanchar Nigam Ltd. has launched WiMAX in Kerala. The WiMAX service of BSNL was launched in Ernakulam by Prof. K.V. Thomas, Union Minister of State for Agriculture and Consumer Affairs, at a function held in Kochi today. This also mark’s the roll out of India’s first urban mobile WiMAX Network. 

WiMAX, the acronym for Worldwide Interoperability for Microwave Access, is a telecommunications technology that provides wireless transmission of data using a variety of transmission modes, from point-to-multipoint links to portable and fully mobile internet access. The technology provides up to 10 Mbps broadband speed without the need for cables. It is notable that WiMAX is more similar to Wi-Fi than to 3G cellular technologies.

The service would be extended to cover the State in phased manner. Speaking at the launch, E M Abraham, PGM, BSNL (Ernakulam) said, “It is being deployed in Kerala with 900 BTS (Base Transmitting Stations) to cover the entire state”. In the first phase, 450 BTS would be set up to cover all major cities,all district headquarters and important towns at a project cost of about Rs.100 crore. Roaming would initially be available within Kerala. The tariff details of WiMAX services are available on the BSNL website.

Meanwhile, in another function, the 3G service of BSNL was launched in Thiruvananthapuram. The service was earlier launched in other cities earlier this month.

Anil Philip
Kerala IT News

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