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Indian ISP, DishNet is going to start selling fixed wireless services within 60 days in eight major metros and eventually bring the total number of cities served to 38. The service offering is going to range between 128 kilobits per second to a full megabit per […]

Indian ISP, DishNet is going to start selling fixed wireless services within 60 days in eight major metros and eventually bring the total number of cities served to 38. The service offering is going to range between 128 kilobits per second to a full megabit per second. Basic package is going to start at about $7 a month. Dishnet had already set up five WiMax base stations in Madras and around 150 customers to its existing (WiFi) services were already beta testing the fixed wireless service. Dishnet hopes that this will help boost the broadband penetration from current levels. Company estimates a measly 400,000 folks have broadband access in India right now. [More Here. ] Interestingly, Alcatel has formed an alluance with Indian telecom company C-Dot and will set up a WiMAX related research lab in India. Alcatel believes that broadband wireless and particularly WiMax is appropriate technology for India keeping in mind the requirements of the rural sector,” Ravi Sharma, president, Alcatel (South Asia) told Economic Times. “Coupled with engineering competence, India becomes a natural choice for setting up such a research centre.”

  1. I was trying to find any information on Dishnet DSL – but it is almost impossible to find any working link to their homepage. Very strange for an ISP. If any of the readers can find their home page, please list it here for the others.

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  2. looks like they sold their DSL business to Tatas and are going to focus solely on the fixed wireless side of things.

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  3. Yes, they did sell their DSL business to Tata, which is now a part of Tata Indicom. I had a chance of meeting the person who heads the WiMax initiative and they definitely are very optimistic about this initiative. The challenges of laying the fibre, pulling cables and dealing with cables getting cut (so many ways of this!) etc. should disappear. My company has used Dishnet for a long time and we have experienced this first hand. WiMax (which too has its own challenges) should help, I hope!

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  4. Is it not solely for self advertisement, a service is proposed without any real offer to serve and like wasting time of prospective buyers?
    ssdpandey

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  5. yes . dishnet has sold its DSL business to vsnl and it is now purely a wireless service provider. The name has been changed to Dishnet Wireless and their site url is http://www.dwl.co.in

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  6. Dinesh Nambiar Sunday, May 22, 2005

    Is there any site that gives detailed information about the equipment required and the procedure to setup a Wimax Base station.

    Thanks in advance.

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  7. Pranav Shanker Monday, June 6, 2005

    Hi Om,

    Good to hear about WiMax is catching up in india and it surely can offer the solution to the existing non reliable services that we get from ISP’s in india. I was looking for some info and i hope if you can help me with it. I wanted to know if i can find out which all frequency band in india have been allocated and to whom. I tried contacting DoT and TRAI but they were not able to help me out with it

    Thanks in advance

    Pranav

    P.S. My email address is pranav.shanker@gmail.com

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  8. [...] 7;t take it to the bank as yet. Cellular operators in India will have to soon contend with fixed wireless operators like DishNet that is planning to marry fixed wireless with wi-fi mesh ne [...]

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  9. Hi,

    May I know , if there are any developers’ forum for 802.16 technology.

    regards
    Pawan

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  10. Hi Om –
    Do you hear any info from TRAI that what would be the frequency bands they would allocate (plan to) for WiMAX deployment in India. Though few trials have started in unlicensed bands – the large scale commercial deployment still remains a question for the operators/service providers to make a selection for infrastructure equipment manufacturers.

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