21 November 2022

Notifications & Circulars

Telecom Regulatory Authority of India


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TRAI envisages data stores in public wi-fi networks

The Telecom Regulatory Authority of India released a consultation paper on the Proliferation of Broadband through Public Wi-Fi Networks, to simultaneously improve internet penetration, increase employment and provide the public with useful services.

TRAI is looking at wi-fi networks offering a cheaper solution for increasing the availability of broadband internet, given that it operates in unlicensed spectrum and utilises relatively cheaper equipment.

It envisages lower investment for internet service providers to directly reduce prices for consumers, as well as better service. However, the proposals go beyond simply providing broadband access. Rather, it looks at wi-fi networks storing their own local cache of information - such as agricultural, educational and health information, as well as entertainment content - which will be available regardless of internet connectivity.

Tags : broadband public wifi services repository

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