Business Week called it "A WiMAX Breathrough in India– Tata Communications unveils an ambitious plan to become global leader in wireless broadband by launching the world’s largest commercial network
On Mar. 4, India’s Tata Communications , an emerging broadband wireless service provider, announced the countrywide rollout of a commercial WiMax network in India, the largest anywhere in the world of the high-speed, wireless broadband technology.
Already 10 Indian cities and 5,000 retail and business customers use the product, and by next year Tata will offer service in 115 cities nationwide. The folks at Tata can hardly contain their excitement. "WiMax is not experimental, it’s oven-hot," says Tata’s Prateek Pashine, in charge of the company’s broadband and retail business.
But will this really be one of the largest WiMAX networks in the world?
On Friday evening, March 21st, we heard directly from the Indian IT minister Mr. Raja1, that only 10M WiMAX subscribers were expected by 2011. That was quite disappointing for a country that has over 1 B residents!
So there is obviously a huge disconnect from what is reported in the business/ trade press and what the Indian government knows. This seems like more hype for the already way over hyped WiMAX market potential.
1. Tamil Manram hosted a dinner reception for Honorable Minister for Communication and Information Technology, Mr. A. Raja. The event took place at India Communicy Center in Milpitas, CA.