Reliance Communications (RCOM) will soon launch its wireless broadband technology commonly known as WiMax in Pune and Bangalore in June. After assessing the market response, the company will extend the WiMax service to other cities such as Hyderabad, Chennai, Mumbai, Chandigarh and Delhi.
The move that targets the three million wireless internet users in the country, is expected to give first-mover advantage to the company. Bharti Airtel, VSNL and BSNL have also tested the new technology and planning to roll out in the near future, said sources familiar with the situation. In India, WiMax has been launched by Aircel Cellular in Chennai for business customers. “Unlike wireless fidelity (wi-fi), where radio waves can cover up to 30 meters, WiMax services are accessible for over 10 miles in theory. WiMax is offering better mobility to the users without being connected by a wire to a service operator. Indian wireless market, which is growing rapidly by 40%, is expected to react positively to the new technology,” said an industry expert.
“RCOM can launch the unlicensed version of WiMax service anytime as it has completed all the tests. The initial launch will be in Pune and Bangalore and later move to other cities. BSNL is also looking to launch its WiMax service in Pune,” said a sources close to the development. But RCOM spokesperson refused to comment on the development.