Telecom Firms Oppose TRAI’s Public Wi-Fi Model

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Telecom Firms Oppose TRAI’s Public Wi-Fi Model

Telecom operators have opposed public Wi-Fi model recommended by the sector regulator TRAI. They say it will impact the debt-ridden industry and compromise national security.

Based on existing rules for cyber cafes, the Telecom Regulatory Authority of India (Trai) had recommended that a new set of players to be called Public Data Office Aggregator (PDOA) should be allowed to resell Internet services through yesteryear PCO type of set-up that will be called Public Data Offices.

COAI DG Rajan S. Mathews said in a letter to Telecom Secretary Aruna Sundararajan “…the proposal to sell internet services without a license will be a complete bypass of the present licensing framework, detrimental to massive investments already made in the spectrum, telecom infrastructure…”

According to The Hindu, The study by Analysys Mason, commissioned by Google, found “a significant fraction of users” saying they would be interested in purchasing a new mobile broadband SIM card to continue accessing high-speed Internet, after having experienced the high-speed Internet through high-speed wi-fi services from Google-Railtel.

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