ITU: Agni to Build Bangladesh WiMax Network

Bangladeshi ISP Agni Systems has begun to build a WiMax network in the country’s capital, Dhaka, using equipment from Motorola.

WiMax, in both its fixed and mobile flavors, is gaining traction in developing countries because of its ability to offer high-speed Internet access over a large area, eliminating the need to build costly fixed-line networks.

Agni plans to begin offering commercial WiMax services in Dhaka during January 2007, the ISP said in a joint statement with Motorola released at the International Telecommunication Union’s (ITU) Telecom World 2006 conference and exhibition in Hong Kong.

The network is being built in phases, beginning with the construction of a fixed WiMax network now, to be followed by a mobile WiMax network to begin construction during the third quarter of 2007. Construction of the second phase of the network will be complete by the middle of 2008, the statement said.

Telecom World runs through Friday.

-Sumner Lemon, IDG News Service (Singapore Bureau)

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