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WiMAX in Ahmedabad soon

5/05/2006 05:27:00 AM, posted by anand

The Ahmedabad municipal corporation has invited "expression of interest" from companies who can provide blanket internet coverage to the city, using technologies like WiMAX.

The targeted area is around 500 sq kilometers and would cater to over 100,000 internet users (i think this is a gross under-estimation) in the city.

This makes Ahmedabad the third city after Pune and Bangalore which are considering citywide wireless internet access.

Source: The Times of India, Ahmedabad edition

Some updates from the TOI newspaper, Sunday edition.

Two firms are likely to qualify for the project - Intel and Motorola, as they meet the expression of interest requirement. Intel is already a project consultant for a similar project in Pune, while Motorola has done it in several European cities. The selected company would have to implement the project in 6 months. The Ahmedabad Municipal Corporation (AMC) will provide the basic IT infrastructure for facilitating the project, while the selected company will be responsible for operation and maintenance. AMC will setup 10 umbrella's or towers (I dont know what this means) for the connectivity at a cost of Rs 7-8 crore rupees (about USD 2 million). A Wimax tower can cover a range of about 50 kms.
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