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A Canadian Solution

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Ten innovative Canadian wireless solution providers will enter the Indian market next month, to hawk their solution in the Indian telecom market. They will also bring with them a host of opportunities for joint venture collaborations for Indian innovators in wireless space.

Wavefront, Canada's wireless center of excellence for commercialisation and research, and the Cellular Operators Association of India (COAI) have signed an agreement on Friday, to facilitate and accelerate the flow of wireless business between the two countries. The Canadian Government has invested $5 million in Wavefront.

Wavefront offers speed-to-market and delivery of mobile applications and wireless technologies by providing emerging telecom companies witha suite of WaveGuide training, mobile industry advisory services,incubation services, testing resources and market linkages that facilitate commercial engagement with the mobile network andenterprise ecosystem companies around the world.

The two organizations will work together to develop and promote strategic business and partnering opportunities, according to a COAI statement.

The entry of innovators in Indian wireless market would bring competitive challenge to the wireless solution companies inIndia. The attraction for Indian market has been reiterated by this partnership with COAI. India has over 601 million active mobile subscribers generating $38.2 billion in revenues and has the highest subscriber growth rate in the world.

It is the world's second largest wireless market in terms of mobile connections. "This is a tremendous opportunity for technology and service providersin British Colombia - and the rest of Canada," says Christy Clark, Premier of British Colombia, in a statement.

The business opportunities, in wireless solutions in India have grown, with launch of 3G services in the country and the impending broadband wireless access services to be launched in next few months.

The slow growth of 3G services and unsatisfactory quality of services, it seems, has not been an impediment for the wireless solution providers to scout business in India.The collaboration between COAI and Wavefront opens up opportunities for many wireless solutions start-up companies in India, which have been waiting for funds to launch their projects, feels a COAI executive. It seems, the 2G scam has not had an impact on companies, especially those with funding in them from their governments, to enter Indian market.