Connecting without Wires

VoicenData Bureau
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Top software companies are vying for bringing wireless technologies to India,

hence promising seamless connectivity for all users with the help of a high

speed 3G network.


While several technologies are still being debated over, the one that's

already successful in international markets and is soon to be launched in India

is Qualcomm's Gobi2000. It promises great speed and varied choice at an

affordable price.

Embedded wireless connectivity is becoming widely recognized for its

advantages-both for enterprises and consumers. Amidst this, the Gobi solution

will allow PC users to access multiple operators worldwide. It will provide

business users with extensive wireless broadband access-both on the domestic and

international front-and leverage wide availability of both EVDO and HSPA

wireless networks around the world.

Termed as 'built-in mobile broadband technology that connects your notebook

to the Internet at 3G speeds', businesses deploying Gobi technology will be able

to converge multiple networks on a single hardware platform that can be deployed



Moreover, each region will have the flexibility to provide 3G connectivity as

and when needed, and to its preferred carrier, based on the coverage and pricing

plans available in its home network.

In addition, if an employee relocates to a different region, or is traveling

outside the home coverage area, this technology will enable to switch carriers

without having to swap data cards and/or reinvest in a new laptop, hence

reducing the costs to deploy 3G.

The Gobi Advantage

  • Simplifies notebook supply chain logistics with a single global SKU

    that supports different geographies, technologies, and carriers
  • Optimizes battery, radio, and throughput performance
  • Offers integrated GPS functionality that allows deployment of location

    based services while concurrently operating with other data modes
  • Provides integrated mobile reception diversity for improved

    performance and faster connections
  • Has an integrated power management system
  • Presents major RF bands and GPS functionality all on one chipset
  • Adds support for additional radio frequencies within the 800 MHz and

    900 MHz bands

However, with 3G playing hide-and-seek in India, this technology may have to

be put on the back-burner for the time being. Instead, Wi-Fi is being touted as

the remedy, and this is where private Indian operators hold a chance. They can

tie up with international software companies to bring about a Wi-Fi revolution

in the country.

One such example is Tata Communications Internet Services (TCISL) that has

tied up with Tomizone, an Auckland based international Wi-Fi solutions provider,

to introduce high-definition, real-time videoconferencing in India.

Another benefit of this service is that besides personal usage, customers

will also get an opportunity to utilize their unused bandwidth by offering it to

others, in return for credit of Internet surfing time on their account, thus

subsidizing the cost of their broadband connection.


Tomizone has powered similar deployments in countries such as Australia, New

Zealand, and China. A similar type of partnership in UK, helped increase the

number of hotspots to over half a million in the country, providing an

indication of the accelerated growth such associations can fuel.

As India has one of the lowest broadband penetration in the world-estimated

at about 0.6%, with 6.62 mn subscribers as on June 2009-newer Wi-Fi solutions

such as these are much-needed steps for expansion of broadband connectivity in

the country.

That said, there could be no better time for deploying this service, as India

is expected to have 214 mn broadband subscribers by 2014, as predicted in a CII

and IMRB broadband report.

Beryl M