Archive for August, 2007

Wi-Fi Alliance in India

August 24, 2007

Wipro becomes the official certification agency appointed by Wi-Fi Alliance, an interesting development that marks the maturity of Indian IT industry and the growing importance of Bangalore as a global tech center.

With 200 million mobile phones with Wi-Fi, 200,000 hotspots globally and with 1,000 Wi-Fi cities, Wi-Fi has great promise.

India is yet to get its act together – plans like Unwire Bangalore and Unwire Pune still remaining as “paper tigers”. But a lot of interesting work is happening in the wireless space in India today.

Wi-Fi Alliance (http://www.wi-fi.org/) is the global non-profit organization involved in certifying products for inter-operability; it is the organization that created the word “Wi-Fi”.

As part of the event there was an interesting Panel Discussion on Aug 22, 2007 with Karen Hanley of Wi-Fi Alliance, Madan Mohan of Frost & Sullivan, Rajesh Mishra, CTO, Embedded & Telecom Division, Wipro and Alok Kothari, MD, Aruba Networks India on “Global Wi-Fi trends and implications for India” where I was a panelist.