Friday, September 3

The de-licensing of the 802.11g in India

CIOL reports the opening up of the 2.4 GHz spectrum & thus allowing the use of 802.11g within this band also known as Wi-fi.
The government on Wednesday cleared one more small hurdle towards unwiring India. Through a notification dated August 25, but released today, the WPC (Wireless Planning & Coordination wing of the DoT) has opened up and de-licensed the 2.4 GHz spectrum (specifically, the 2.40-2.48 GHz band), thus allowing the use of 802.11g within this band – indoor, or within a campus.

Earlier, only 802.11b and BlueTooth devices were allowed within this band, which was 'partially' opened up in early 2003. Since then, a number of vendors and others, including CyberMedia through its Project W inititative and even the Department of IT, were urging the WPC to open up 802.11g too.

However, the restriction about indoor/in-camps use continues. For outdoor hot spots in public areas, a license from the WPC is mandatory. Violation of the same is considered illegal and liable for penalty....

* A whole new Wi-Fi - Networking Special - Express Computer India
* Wi-Fi in India: Hit by High Cost and Low Awareness - Infotech