Flarion adds a little spice, in India

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Flarion’s hitting streak might soon best Hideki Matsui for I can almost exclusively tell you that the company is about to make some big noise in one of the fastest growing telecom markets – India. The company’s technology is in trials in capital city of New Delhi, by one of the largest GSM carriers in that country. It has been hard to pin down exactly who, but informed sources say that it could be the biggest of them all – Bharti Telecom. But don’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 networks.

India has been desperately looking for ways to increase its broadband density but the wired business in India moves at a pace slower than the hot summer sun. Wireless, however is another story. Cash rich carriers, affordable pricing plans and consumer willingness to adopt wireless devices has made India a cellular growth story. Pulling off a win in that market could add some serious “oomph” to Flarion’s overall deployment numbers, which can also have a cascading effect in other parts of Asia.

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Miten Sampat

Aditya..

there are about 500 hotspots throughout the country already. Most major 5 star hotels have them as well the popular coffee-shops such as ‘Barista’ and ‘Cafe Coffee Day’ offer wifi services.

Miten Sampat

A huge issue with the use of a proprietary technology such as Flarion is the cost of the Customer Premise Equipment (CPE) . Though Om boasts of the massive growth of the Cellular phone market in India, one must not forget that the phones that cost only about Rs. 3000 ( US$ 65 ) comprise approximately 70-75% of all mobile users.

Another interesting fact is that most customers prefer PrePaid services over a billing account. In such a scenario, adding the cost of an expensive access device would be detrimental to any business plan. Instead i believe the way to go would be Wifi. Since the CPE price point is already close to US$ 40, and the fact that Intel Centrino chips come pre installed with wifi radios. This would create a case for a pure Plug-n-Play for users of Wifi.

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A Menendez

Quite interesting news. Any information on the band/spectrum they are suppose to use in India??

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