ANDHRA PRADESH

BSNL to launch WiMax soon

R. Jagadeeswara Rao



Service will be provided to select organisations in first phase

Details of equipment cost, tariff will be finalised soon



VISAKHAPATNAM: Visakhapatnam Telecom District of BSNL, will introduce WiMax (Worldwide Inter Operability for Microwave Axis) service in the city. It is a broadband internet service which does not require a landline.

This wireless internet service, first of its kind, would be made available to 100 select Government organisations in the fist phase.

It is taken up under Public Private Partnership (PPP) project and Ms/Soma Networks is the private party.

Testing nearly over

Testing of signals is at final stage and according to General Manager P. Nagaraju, the service would be made operational within week or 10 days.

Signals would be transmitted thorough the existing towers of the BSNL and initially 17 areas were selected for this. WiMax service would be provided initially in five areas viz Dabagardens, Kommadi, Malkapuram, Sithammadhara and Velampeta. Other areas like L.Bullaiah College, Industrial Estate, Gopalapatnam, Gajuwaka, Steel Plan Township, Pendurthi, MVP Colony, NTPC, Anandapuram and SEZ would be covered later. The Customer Premises Equipment (CPE) which is a small box would ensure transmission of signals to the laptop and computer.

The details of cost of equipment, tariff etc., would be finalised soon, he said. The cost would, however, be bit more when compared to broadband service through landline, he said, adding that WiMax service would be suitable to areas where there is no feasibility of laying a landline for telephone.

Depending upon the areas the speed would range from 250 kbps to six mbps, he said.

Broadband

Broadband service is also being expanded in a big way. At present, there are 18,000 broadband connections in the district and the waiting list stood at 2,000. According to Mr. Nagaraju, 10,000 more connections would be given in urban areas of the district, mainly in Visakhapatnam city, Anakapalli and Bheremunipatnam.

The idea was to have nearly 30,000 broadband connections by March next.

Plans have also been finalised to release 30,000 more connections after the present expansion programme was completed, he said.

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