World Wide interoperability for Microwave Access is such a kind of technology through which information signed can be transmitted without wire within a high range of 3 km at a high speed of about 75 mbps within a frequency range of 2.4 to 11 GHz.
Wimax can be used for broadband wireless access network so, it would enables various value added services like multimedia based entertainment, video conferencing, telemedicine, tele banking etc.
This new wireless technology can cost effectively bring high speed internet services to rural areas. Telecommunication companies have always said that, it is too expensive to lay high speed internet cables in villages because the profits are much lesser than the expenses. Both Wimax and its processor wi-fi radio waves to broadcast internet signals, thus, removing the need to use cables. Whereas, wi-fi could only broadcast signals upto a hundred meters away from the transmission tower, but Wimax technology can transmit signals upto three kilometers and supports speeds five times faster than wifi.
Reliance Infocomm Limited, Sify Limited and Tata Teleservices Limited – the leading telecom player of India are part of the Wimax Forum, a global consortium of companies involved in promoting the technology. A few companies, such as Chennai based N-Logue communications Private Limited, have endavoured to bring in the information revolution to rural India. N-logue has set up kiosks providing internet services in several villages of Gujarat, Maharashtra and Tamil Nadu.
In these states, several villages have used this service to get medical consultations and establish a link with agricultural experts. Experts also hope that, rural India will be the telecommunication industry’s agenda when Wimax will be launched in the market.