Indian Govt. plans for national WiMAX group

The Government of India plans to set up a national working group on WiMAX consisting of all stakeholders, including government, service providers, equipment manufacturers and test equipment suppliers.

The national group will formulate the strategy for active participation in the Global WiMax Forum proceedings. The working group would be based on the lines of existing nine international representative groups on WiMAX. With this movement, it is expected that India will achieve its ambitious target of 20 million broadband connections by 2010. The Department of Telecommunications (DoT) has also expressed the need for having a certification and proof of concept application lab for WiMax equipment. WiMax is expected to play a key role in boosting broadband penetration and providing services such as e-governance, e-health and e-education in India. The technology would also help mobile voice and video services increase their penetration as these services are mostly dependent on broadband wireless technologies like WiMax.