BSNL ties up with US firm SOMA for WiMax

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New Delhi, Jan 26: State-owned Bharat Sanchar Nigam Ltd has chosen the US-based SOMA Networks to deploy the world's largest mobile WiMax network in India across the three of India's fastest-growing telecoms circles: Gujarat, Maharashtra and Goa, and Andhra Pradesh.

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.

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