Alcatel predicts 20-40 million Indian WiMAX users in five years

23 May 2005

French equipment provider Alcatel has announced ambitious plans for developing the spread of WiMAX technology in India, targeting between 20 and 40 million users in the next five years. The international vendor recently signed a memorandum of understanding (MoU) with the Indian centre for the department of telecoms (C-DOT), with the aim of forming a joint venture to roll out WiMAX services to rural parts of the country that lack wireline broadband internet access. Last week an eight-member steering committee consisting of Alcatel and C-DOT officials met for the first time to establish the organisation’s structure, strategy and research and development aims. A full-scale WiMAX launch is expected by the end of the third quarter of this year.

India, Alcatel-Lucent