WiMax Forum Setting up Certification Lab in India

The WiMax Forum plans to add an Indian certification lab to its existing network by the end of this year.

The forum also announced Thursday that it has certified a range of Mobile WiMax products in the 2.5GHz and 2.3GHz profiles, and estimates that more than 1,000 Mobile WiMax products will undergo certification by 2012.

The move by the nonprofit, industry-led organization follows an announcement last Friday by the Indian government that it will auction spectrum for broadband wireless access services in the 2.5GHz and 2.3GHz bands.

Spectrum in the 700MHz and 3.3-3.6GHz bands will also be auctioned for broadband wireless access when it becomes available, the government said.

The availability of the 2.5GHz and 2.3GHz bands for WiMax technology in India will provide consumers with much needed broadband connectivity across the diverse economic and social needs of the entire population, the WiMax Forum said.

India's Internet penetration is currently very low. The country had 4.38 million broadband subscribers at the end of June for a population of over 1.13 billion.

The Indian government announced Thursday that it was allotting, without an auction, spectrum for broadband wireless and 3G (third-generation) to state-owned telecommunications companies, Bharat Sanchar Nigam and Mahanagar Telephone Nigam. These companies will, however, have to pay license fees for the spectrum equivalent to the highest bid in the auctions.

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