By Vivek Naik
Tramzeo Wireless Technologies has announced that it is partnering with Teknologi Riset Global (TRG) Research Center, an affiliate company of the Indonesian Tower group, to supply WiMAX (News - Alert) subscriber units starting next month, to Indonesia, in a deal that is initially worth $840,000.
Devices and related equipment operate at 3.3 Giga Hetrz (GHz) in accordance with the new mandatory operating frequency passed into law by the Indonesian government, requiring operators to migrate from their existing Wireless Broadband (Wi-B (News - Alert)) 3.4 Ghz to 3.6 GHz operating frequency.
The Kominfo Ministry, where “Kominfo” roughly translates to “Communications and Information,” had reportedly ordered blocking of the 3.3GHz band radio frequency for wireless broadband usage and the migration of operators and consumers to this frequency via the Minister decree number 5/KEP/M.KOMINFO/01/2009, and was signed by Minister Mohammad Nuh on January 19, 2009.
The move by the Indonesian government is slightly surprising – as TMCnet reported, although the WiMAX market is progressing, it appears to be losing ground to LTE (News - Alert) as well as conventional broadband services because consumers have shifted towards flat rates for both limited and unlimited broadband usage.
There is a strong possibility that Indonesia is targeting future market scope and is setting up the basic ground work now itself since, TMCnet reported, the user base in some WiMAX market segments are expected double to 2.5 million by the end of 2009 YoY 2008, and this figure may increase by more than 60 percent to touch 4 million by the end of 2010.
Company officials say that the two companies have been working hand in hand with each other for some time now to fine tune these products to meet the Indonesian Ministry of Communications and Information pre-requisites for deployment and to guarantee compatibility with other WiMAX infrastructure on Indonesian soil.
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Edited by Michael Dinan