Tikona Digital Networks (TDN) launched its Wi-Bro wireless broadband services in 10 cities of India including Delhi. The company which is category ‘A’ internet service provider now plans to expand its reach to 50 cities in 2010.
The company has designed its network architecture on the microcell concept with the technology deployed making use of OFDM and MIMO concepts thereby making it a 4G class service. The speeds offered for the service will be 2 Mbps. In terms of security the services follow WPA 2 and 802.1X standards.
From user point of view, the company is offering a ‘circuit breaker’ feature which allows the user to control bill amount. Users are also not required to purchase any additional CPE (customer premise equipment) as the same is offered as part of ‘managed-CPE’ by the company.
Mr Prakash Bajpai, Founder, MD & CEO, Tikona Digital Networks explains, “The current broadband internet scenario is similar to what the mobile scenario was 10 years ago. India has just a little under 10 Mn Broadband while China has more than 120 Mn Broadband. China could reach this level as they had a large wireline plant of over 400 Mn lines. India has only 40 Mn and only a fraction of this is usable for Broadband. Wireless broadband is the only option for India to increase its Broadband base to levels that are similar to China’s. We envision a powerful broadband enabled India and believe that it is an imperative for an emerging IT and software superpower.”
The company has invested over Rs 500 crore in this venture and counts Goldman Sachs among two other investors as its strategic investors.
The services are offered in unlicenced bands of 5.8 GHz and 2.4 GHz.