Asia Express - Data Communications
WiMAX Development in Asia October 19-25
October 23, 2009
- Malaysian WiMAX solution provider Green Packet announced on October 22 that the company has obtained an FBO (Facilities-Based Operator) license and WBA (Wireless Broadband Access) spectrum right in Singapore, Bernama reported. The FBO license and WBA spectrum right will be transferred from independent telecommunications service provider Pacnet to Packet One Networks, Green Packet's WiMAX subsidiary, for 6.91 million Ringgits (US$2.04 million; US$1=3.38 Ringgits). The transfer is still pending final approval from the IDA (Infocomm Development Authority) of Singapore.

- India's state-run telecom carrier BSNL recently announced the four lowest bidders for its rural WiMAX tender: Gemini Communications of India, ZTE of China, Harris Stratex of the United States, and Alvarion of Israel, according to an October 19 report by the Hindu Business Line. Among the four bid winners, Chennai-based Gemini emerged with the lowest bid of 9.83 billion Rupees (US$211.67 million; US$1=46.44 Rupees). ZTE quoted 10.65 billion Rupees (US$229.33 million) for 7,000 WiMAX base stations required by BSNL. Bidding through its subsidiary Telsima, Harris Stratex quoted 10.94 billion Rupees (US$235.57 million), and Alvarion 11.01 billion Rupees (US$237.08 million). The other three bidders Huawei, Samsung, and Motorola failed to make the cut on price.

In addition to the rural WiMAX rollout, BSNL also plans to launch WiMAX service in the urban regions. Huawei has been selected by BSNL as the equipment provider for WiMAX launch in Punjab, while Harris Stratex will assist BSNL in the Kerala project.