WiFi Mesh to Envelope Indian Cities

(16 Jun 2009, BWCS Staff)

Zylog Systems India, part of the US company Zylog, has announced plans to cover several major Indian cities with WiFi mesh networks by next summer. The new service, to be known as Wi5, will debut in Chennai, before being rolled out to Bangalore, Delhi, Mumbai, Hyderabad and Kolkata. Zylog can offer such wide coverage as it possesses an ISP licence to operate in all of India's DoT telecom circles.

Zylog is still trialing its system before embarking on what appears to be the first commercial roll-out of WiFi mesh networks on the subcontinent. The first stage of its deployment is around its own offices in Chennai and it is now gradually building the coverage into parts of the city centre. So far, it is reported the company has installed some 250 nodes, with a further 4,000 planned on rooftops across the various cities. 

As well as rolling out its Wi5 network, Zylog is one of the companies participating in the trials of WiFi on train services for Indian Railways. The company, together with Nomad Digital and RailTel - part of the Indian Railways group, is seeking to enable passenger access to the internet in one of a handful of different tests being conducted by the Rail company. With almost 10 billion passengers travelling on its trains every year and 63,140km of track, the potential market for WiFi on train services in India is clearly huge.


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