State-owned Indian telco Bharat Sanchar Nigam Ltd (BSNL) has launched commercial WiMAX service in Goa, The Times of India reports. The operator has installed 25 base stations across the state, predominantly in urban and coastal regions, and it hopes to have signed up 10,000 customers within its first year of operation. The service will initially be available in Mandrem, Colvale, Siolim, Anjuna, Tivim, Mapusa, Calangute, Baga, Candolim, Pilerne, Porvorim, Panaji, Dona Paula, Corlim, Kundaim, Vasco, Verna, Cuncolim, Chinchinim, Navelim, Mandopa, Margao, Mobor, Varca, Majorda and Colva. In the second phase of rollout, which is tentatively scheduled for early 2010, BSNL expects to extend the service to Bicholim, Valpoi, Sanquelim, Sanguem and Quepem. Tariffs will start at INR1,000 (USD20.73) per month for a 256kbps service, while the fastest available service offering downlink speeds of up to 2Mbps will only be available to business users at INR20,000 per month.
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