The project is on a private- public partnership model wherein SOMA will also invest in providing the technology to BSNL. The revenue will be shared between the two companies. The new network will provide wireless broadband coverage to nearly 200 million people over the next 3 years. The service is expected to be launched in the third quarter this year.
BSNL selected Soma Networks after extensive field trials in urban, suburban and rural areas. Based on the 802.16e-2005 standard, SOMA's mobile WiMAX solution provides extended range and supports high subscriber density per sector.