Tata Communications, a leading global provider of a new world of communications, has selected Telsima Corporation, a global player in WiMAX systems to provide WiMAX solutions for Tata Communications broadband wireless network in India. Tata Communications is the first to launch broadband services on the WiMAX platform on a large scale for retail consumers in India.
In the initial phase, Tata Communications' WiMAX network will offer Broadband Internet access and content services to enterprise and residential customers in Delhi, Mumbai, Pune, Bangalore, Chennai, Hyderabad, Cochin, Chandigarh, and Kolkata. By the end of 2008 Tata Communications plans to have enabled WiMAX retail broadband service in about 15 cities.
"Tata Communications seeks to enrich life by enabling reliable and affordable communication anytime, anywhere," said Shankar Prasad, President, Tata Communications Retail Business Unit. "To that end Tata Communications has selected Telsima to provide WiMAX infrastructure and subscriber equipment solutions to deploy our commercial WiMAX network, with 3000 base station sectors already getting deployed. This enables our customers to access video, education, music and business services. Telsima's focus on meeting the needs of the Indian market and their commitment to deploy state-of-the-art WiMAX solutions for a competitive market such as ours prompted us to select them amongst various other solution providers. Telsima's solution equipped with STC/MRC technology allows us to increase base station capacity thereby improving our ability to serve large number of customers with high quality and high speed broadband."
"WiMAX enables broadband services in a cost effective, decentralized manner in India where a majority of the country is not covered by wired infrastructure. The Indian broadband market, which today serves only 3.1 million customers in a nation with a population of over 1.2 billion, is forecast to grow significantly. The scale of unmet demand coupled with the emphasis on connectivity for education and the increasing ability to purchase Internet services will ensure that WiMAX broadband networks will thrive in this market" Shankar Prasad further added.
"Inflection points create new winners." said Alok Sharma, Telsima's CEO. "WiMAX combines disruptions in Radio Frequency and Internet Protocol technologies to support new cost structures that enable the proliferation of wireless broadband telecommunications services into new markets. Telsima has capitalized upon this opportunity and delivered the largest and most advanced WiMAX deployments in the world."
"Given the pent up demand for broadband Internet access, this extensive WiMAX network deployment by Tata Communications and Telsima has the potential to dramatically accelerate the adoption of true broadband services by thousands of businesses and millions of consumers in a short period of time throughout India," said Berge Ayvazian, Chief Strategy Officer of Yankee Group. This wireless broadband network deployment will have an even more profound impact on the country's educational and economic development, and could rapidly enhance worker productivity, facilitate electronic commerce and improve the quality of health care services."
In support of Tata Communications' broadband wireless network, Telsima provided a comprehensive WiMAX solution including base station and subscriber station systems, customer provisioning system and Network Management System (NMS).