Saturday, April 14, 2012

4G/LTE in India: Tikona Digital Networks

Tikona Digital Network (TDN) is a wireless internet service provider (WISP) in India, operating on the free spectrum of 5.8GHz band.

The company is mostly owned by private equity companies like Goldman Sachs Investment Partners (22.8 %), Indivision India Partners (13.46% ), Oak India Investments (23.55% ) and Green Lotus Investments (10.09% ), while the man behind the company Tikona Founder, MD & CEO, Prakash Bajpai owns 2.67 percent, while Tikona Trust owns 26 percent. [source: Medianama] Note that Tikona was founded in 2008 and bagged class A pan India ISP licence and launched wireless broadband under the brand name of WiBro in 2010 (stands for Wi-reless Bro-adband) to offer fixed broadband experience wirelessly. There is a Korean wireless broadband technology called WiBro but there is no connection between Tikona and this Korean WiBro.

Tikona is offering wireless broadband using MIMO and OFDM, which are essential part of 4th generation mobile technologies. But as they are offering max 4Mbps speed on current services, we can't taste the true potential of 4G for them. If you search over internet there are thousands of people who had worst experience with Tikona WiBro as low speed, poor customer services and technical assistance made them suffer.

In 2010 they took part in BWA auction and bagged 20MHz spectrum on 2300MHz band in 5 circles of the country.

In February, 2012 Tikona completed 100% acquisition of HCL Infinet, the enterprise data services arm of Indian IT major, HCL Infosystems. HCL Infinet started business since 2000. With this acquisition Tikona can now cater to more lucrative enterprise segment along with home segment. The new entity is re-branded as Tikona Infinet.

As latest news is available in market Tikona will roll out LTE-4G services in October through out the 5 circles (Gujarat, Himachal Praesh, Rajasthan, Uttar Pradesh East and West). CEO Mr. Bajpai explained that they will focus to tier II and tier III cities where market potential is high and untapped. Earlier Tikona said that they will tie up with some 3G operators for offloading 3G data.

Tikona may launch LTE under 'Tikona LTE' brand, but certainly they have to upgrade their after-sales support team!

Let's see what Tikona 4G-LTE brings for us!

Update: via Business-Standard Tikona will invest 1,000 cr for building up 4G-LTE network in next 2 years. The company hopes to combine both LTE and existing MIMO WiFi in future plans. “We will converge both,” said Prakash Bajpai, CEO of Tikona.

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