Wireless Broadband Rollout by Year End in India

Bharat Sanchar Nigam Limited (BSNL) announced the first phase in the rollout of wireless broadband powered Wimax protocol in rural India by the end of 2008.

Kuldeep Goyal, Chairman and MD of BSNL says that he envisions to install WiMax capabilities in 1,000 blocks out of 6,000.

Wimax technology is capable of data speeds of 10 megabytes per second up to 2 km away from a radio transmitter.

The wireless broadband rollout in rural India will bring Internet access to the Common Service Centres (CSCs) under the National e-Governance Plan (NeGP), computer kiosks enhancing the e-Governance services related to its various collaterals – health, education and agricultural information.

Approximately 100,000 CSCs, over 600,000 villages, have been approved at a cost of INR 5,742 crore in a period of four years. It is mentioned that CSCs in 25,000 villages will go live in the next year.