It looks like Gemini Communications and ZTE Corp are emerging as the winners of the BSNL order to set up the largest WiMax network in India. Gemini won the initial phase contract and the second phase will occur in a few days, covering all of India’s rural landscape under a mobile WiMax network.
The first phase of the WiMax deployment will be completed by the end of January. It involves installing 1,100 base stations across India. Gemini has partnered with Pointred, using them as an equipment provider. System integration will be done by Chennai firm. ZTE submitted a bid to both supply and deploy by itself.
The current Indian WiMax service was set up under a revenue sharing medit in Gujarat, Maharashtra, Goa and Andhra Prades provinces and mostly in urban areas. BSNL will continue to award urban WiMax contracts. It will go it alone when deploying WiMax in the rural areas. It will provide CPEs to subscribers in rural areas to complete the project by December 2010. BSNL recently launched a network in Ajmer.