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Intel readying sub $400 Wimax laptops for India

August 18, 2008 19:59 IST

Intel is closely working with PC manufacturers like Dell, Acer and Asus to bring down the cost of WiMax-ready laptops to around $300 to $400 (Rs 16,000-Rs 20,000).

"Intel believes a Wimax-ready laptop could be available in the Indian market at around $300 to $400 in a few months," Intel India's newly appointed Managing Director for Wimax division C S Rao told PTI.

At Rs 16,000-Rs 20,000, the company expects to make deeper penetration in both urban and rural markets.

Intel believes country's Wimax market alone could touch Rs 21,000 crore (Rs 210 billion) in the next three years as the Indian telecom market has now become more attractive after the announcement of 3G and broadband wireless access licence policy.

"Among the two services, Wimax has more potential as it would help the country bridge the digital divide. We estimate the market has the potential to reach $5billion in the next three years," he added.

The country is adding more than 6-7 million wireless subscribers every month and Intel believes after the roll-out of Wimax services around 7 to 8 per cent of the new customers would subscribe to WiMax service.

"In fact, two to three million subscribers can be added in two months," he added.

With rising competition in the sector and gradual fall of tariff rates, the average revenue per user is at all time low and it is expected that the new services from 3G and Wimax will help operators increase the per user revenue inflow.

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