Telecom Regulator Urge To Set Up Low Cost Wi-Fi Access

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Telecom Regulator Authority of India (TRAI) has come up with a decent solution after much-hyped scam of 2G a few years back. It has sought public views in regards with granting permission to non-telecom companies so as to participate and set up the low cost wi-fi access infrastructure for billion of users. This particular move would urge to cut down internet rates by 90% thus offering high speed.


The public views follow up with numerous issues such as licensing restrictions, business models, regulatory hurdles, city-wide interoperability between wifi networks and de-licensing of mobile airwaves by August 10, 2016. Apart from these, there are other issues which might be deliberated as policy measures to boost deployment of commercial measures city-wide wi-fi networks including distributing internet access in remote or rural areas.

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During a Proliferation of Broadband through public Wi-Fi networks, TRAI stated that, “In this paper, ‘public Wi-Fi networks’ has broader meaning and not limited to the Wi-Fi hotspot created by licensed TSP/ISP at public places. There could be small entrepreneurs or even a very small entity which would like to participate in common and shared Wi-Fi network for larger public use.”

Along with  several crucial measures, another view has been put forward as of adoption measures. Followed up as “hub-based model” in which a central third party would Authenticate, Authorize,  and keep Account of the hub, thus further facilitating interconnection, authentication and payments. Moreover, it would recheck facilitations thus approving which sub-hub ought to control and own the party.

The global scenario of wi-fi services has increased during the tenure from 2013 to 2016 reaching at 568% where as in India it has been recorded an increase of mere 12%. The status of wi-fi hotspots is not at all encouraging as the internet service is 90 times lesser. While the population is one-sixth, the wi-fi access is not even one-thousandth.

At present, end-users are paying 23 paise per MB as per data usage in the worldwide networks like 2G, 3G, and 4G. After TRAI urge to set up of low cost wi-fi access, the estimated cost according to the internet network would settle down to 2 paise per MB.

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