GigaOm reports equipment manufacturers are gearing up to battle it out over a substantial contract to deploy WIMAX networks in India:

WiMAX, despite losing attention and mindshare in the U.S., seems to be thriving across the planet. Business Standard, an Indian newspaper, reports that Huawei, Telsima and Alvarion are three of the companies shortlisted for the $1 billion WiMAX network being built by BSNL, the state-owned Indian telecom company.

via State of WiMAX: Will Huawei Win It All?.

WiMAX Facts:

  • Global WiMAX subscriptions will reach more than 85 million by the end of 2013, according to In-Stat.
  • According to Infonetics Research, the total WiMAX equipment and device market in the fourth quarter of 2008 was about $275 million.
  • In 2008, the number of fixed and mobile WiMAX subscribers hit 3.9 million.
  • Total global deployments are around 460 in more than 135 countries,  including fixed, portable and mobile networks

Sources: In-Stat, Infonetics Research, WiMAX Forum (via GigaOm)