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BSNL Launches WiMAX Network in Southern India

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India's Bharat Sanchar Nigam Ltd (BSNL) has launched the country's first urban WiMAX network, in Ernakulam, a district of Kerala in southern India. The network was supplied by Aviat Networks and comprises of 25 base stations.

BSNL says that it plans to expand the network to 900 base stations throughout Kerala in a two-phase expansion programme.

The first phase, with 450 towers, will cover all major cities, district headquarters and prominent towns. With Saturday's launch, 25 towers will now enable WiMAX coverage in Ernakulam city, Tripunithura, Kalamassery, Aluva and Angamaly municipalities. Fifty-nine towers will be set up in Ernakulam and Idukki districts in the second phase next year, extending the coverage to panchayat areas as well.

BSNL is initially offering two unlimited tariff plans, with bandwidth ranging from 512 kbps to 2 mbps: a home plan with a fixed monthly charge of Rs 999 and a business plan with a fixed monthly charge of Rs 1,999.

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