Bangalore to become first WiMax enabled city in India by year end

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Bangalore, Oct 25 (UNI) Despite the delay in its implementation, Bangalore will become the first city in the country to be fully enabled with WiMax enabled city offering wireless broadband service covering 743 square km of the metropolis by the year end.

Disclosing this at the curtain raiser press conference for the upcoming IT mega event 'BangaloreIT.in-2007', Karnataka IT and BT secretary M N Vidyashankar said 70 per cent of the fixed base stations had already been set up after the government had identified the bidder. Six leading WiMax companies had placed their bids for the Rs 450 crore project, he said.

The project had been delayed for nearly one year as the government had declared that the city would be WiMax enabled last year. However, the official clarified that the city limits was widened recently and additional areas added causing the delay.

The tariff would be a driver by the number of customers and it would be driven by demand like telecom service. He hoped that the WiMax charges would also come down like it had happened in cellphone telephony.

A pilot project, developed by a different company, would be operational in a part of the city from Kasturba Road to Trinity Circle.

In its bid to improve the employability of the youth and make them IT savvy, the state government would launch a computer skills proficiency test in association with Merit Trac, India's largest skills assessment company.

The tests would assess school going student's in Key board skills and PC skills like Windows functions, MS word, MS Excel and Email proficiency.

The test would be administered to candidate outside Bangalore to empower semi-urban and rural based students in Mysore, Mangalore, Bangalore, Hubli, Gulbarga and Belgaum districts. Later it would be extended to the entire state.

This would help the IT and BPO industry to span out to tier-II cities and span out their investment in different places in the state, he said.

UNI

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