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Samsung favours Wimax tech for mobile broadband .

PTI: South Korean electronics and telecom firm Samsung on Wednesday said that it is in talks with operators for setting up their networks and indicated that most of them are likely to opt for Wimax technology for offering mobile broadband services.

Mobile operators are looking at two separate technologies for offering mobile broadband services. These are Wimax and Long Term Evolution (LTE).

Both Long Term Evolution Time Division Duplex (TD-LTE) and Worldwide Interoperability for Microwave Access (WiMAX) are broadband wireless access (BWA) are similar but rival technologies.

"We are in talks with most of the operators who had won BWA spectrum. All of them have indicated that they want to roll out services by the end of this year. No one is willing to wait as they have paid hefty amount for the spectrum," Samsung Electronics Vice President Network Business Deepak Bhatnagar told reporters here.

All the operators are evaluating both the technologies, however, since LTE is not yet ready with devices it is likely that the operators don't have any choice but to go for Wimax, he said.

Samsung, which makes telecom equipment, will offer end to end solutions on both the technologies for the players in India.

In the recently-concluded BWA auction, in which the government auctioned 2.3 GHz spectrum, the telecom operators have the option to choose between WiMax and LTE.

Infotel Broadband — in which Reliance Industries bought 95 per cent stake — was the only pan-India winner of the spectrum. Aircel won in eight circles, while Tikona Digital got the spectrum in five circles.

According to sources, Reliance Industries that had previously indicated its preference for LTE may go for Wimax.

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