Tuesday, March 08, 2005

Broadband India: Dishnet Wireless to go Wi-Fi & Wi-Max

Readers please note and remember that "true" Wi-Max gear will not get out till at least the third quarter of this year, if not later. So all news that you hear about Wi-Max is actually pre-Wi-Max gear.

Two years after selling his internet broadband business — Dishnet DSL — to Tatas-controlled VSNL, NRI businessman C Sivasankaran plans a Wi-Fi initiative.

Dishnet Wireless Ltd, a subsidiary of Sivasankaran’s Sterling Group, will launch a slew of wireless services, including Wi-Fi, Wi-Max and Enterprise Services Solutions (ESS) throughout India. The move comes close on the heals of Centre freeing the 2.4 Ghz and 5.1 Ghz bands, on which the Wi-Fi platform works for Wi-Fi services. While the Wi-Fi service will be launched in mid-April, the Wi-Max services will be launched in May, senior company officials said.


The first service to be launched will be Wi-Fi, followed by Wi-Max and ESS”. Dishnet will provide Wi-Fi broadband service at a speed of 512 kilo bites per second and above, he claimed. Dishnet plans to set up a total of 6,000 hotspots across 180 cities in the country. Currently, the country has little less than 250 hotspots and more than 95% of them are in Banglore alone.

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