WiMax – not the rural choice 31 Mar, 2008

“WiMax is still a niche technology and limited to enterprise and high-end residential users in urban India.”

Research firm Gartner Group says WiMax will remain a niche technology, and predicts that India will only have 6.9 million mobile and fixed WiMax connections by the end of 2011.

So far, India has only 3.4 million broadband subscribers (Jan 2008) – less than half of the 9 million target, says Gartner’s principal research analyst Naresh Singh.

“The rollout of mobile WiMax in India is not clear, but service providers here appear to be taking 3G more seriously than WiMax at the moment.”