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Pakistan Embarking on the largest WiMAX project

Interesting news from across the border.. .I have always believed that it would be good for India if Pakistan progresses too economically. So this is a welcome step. It would be good if India could also use this technology to connect the vast hinterland!

Motorola is providing the country’s Wateen Telecom with an 802.16e-based Motowi4 network. An initial uptake of a million subscribers is expected, with a nationwide rollout to follow.

As a developing country, Pakistan has until now lacked the infrastructure for widespread broadband.

The deployment is a milestone in the spread of WiMax, a superfast wireless technology that has a range of up to 30 miles and can deliver broadband at a theoretical maximum of 75 megabits per second. The 802.16-2004 standard, which is used in fixed WiMax networks, is being skipped in favor of a large-scale introduction of 802.16e, which was only recently agreed upon by the WiMax Forum.

“We made the decision 18 months ago to jump over (802.16-2004) and go straight to 802.16e,” Paul Sergeant, Motorola’s marketing director for Motowi4, told ZDNet UK on Tuesday. “We’ve been working on it for a while, which is how we’re able to ship so soon after agreement.”

“802.16e leads to a much larger market as it addresses mobility needs, but we also felt it could be just as good a solution for fixed broadband,” he added.

Some analysts said the Pakistan deal is proof that major players in the industry are throwing their weight behind mobile WiMax in a way they haven’t with the fixed version.

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