New Delhi: Wireless broadband is the technology through which high-speed Internet connection can be accessed over the widespread area. Unlike traditional technology, it is preferred where Local Area Network (LAN) wires are not available to access Internet.
The difference between traditional dial-up connections and wireless broadband is mainly in speed and mode of connectivity. Through phone line, one can only send and receive up to 56kbps amount of information. In India, the Telecom Regulatory Authority of India (Trai) defines broadband as any speed offering upload and download limit minimum of 256kbps.
Meanwhile, in many countries the limit of a broadband connection is greater than 2 mbps. The speed allows a person to access much more content and graphic heavy websites simultaneously. Through this technology users can also play games games and do video chat easily.
Wireless Internet provides an always-on connection, which can be accessed from anywhere inside the geographical network coverage area.
The recently concluded auction of wireless broadband will have far reaching effects on rural India where Internet is either very costly or non-existent. The technology will empower people by opening information gateway to them. It will help in promoting education and health.