May 8, 2008
Google , Comcast, Intel Capital, Time Warner Cable , Bright House Networks and Trilogy Equity partners have entered into an agreement to pool in about $3.2 billion dollars in a new wireless broadbaand company.
The new company, named Clearwire, is joint venture between Clearwire Corporation and Sprint Nextel Corporation. Both these companies have joined forces to combine their next-generation wireless broadband businesses.
This venture will churn out United State’s first nationwide wireless broadband network on the new WiMAX standard. This will be the first time that the consumers will experience a truly high-speed wireless mobile experiencen and will benefit a range of demographics from SME sector to public safety organizations to educational institutions throughout the US.
You can read more about the details and benefits of this venture here
This reminds me of Reliance’s promise of bringing broadband in India by 2008. Well !! It’s 2008 already and we are still waiting. Another forgotten promise (or shall we say a dream), was the one made by Maharashtra State Government and Intel to make Pune, India’s first (or complete) wireless city. I know the project was shelved by Intel after some tax issues with the government (CMIIW), but what really takes the cake is that a smaller ton like Mysore is already :wireless’ed”.
It shouldn’t take this long for IT heavy-weights like Bangalore, Pune, Chennai, Gurgaon, Hyderabad and even Mumbai to gear up not only it’s broadband connectivity and speeds, i\but also provide wireless connectivity across the Metros.
Sometimes, from my old office at Deccan Gymkhana in Pune, I could see a SSID named(Unwire Pune) which would give us a fairly decent connectivity. We used to regularly use it for surfing when our local office network was down (don’t even bother asking why ), thinking that this was PMC’s initiative, But soon someone found out that this was just an Open SSID of some private firm and soon we all just stopped using it.
The point is, it’s high time that India is a “mid-bandwidth” nation.
We need to pull our act together …. and fast !!
There’s a need for speed here !! I would like to hear about new hotspots opening up everywhere in India. Why don’t all the big companies like TCS, HCL and Infosys spend this advertising surplus is sponsoring these hotspots ? And why just the IT companies. Pepsi could have a hotspot, in say, MG Road (in all the cities that have it).Maybe there could be an initiative for a collaborative project like FON too
With all the great lead we have in the IT sector, I hope suchinfrastructure problems don’t hold us down for long.