Trai issues paper on public Wi-Fi networks

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The Telecom Regulatory Authority of India (TRAI) has issued a consultation paper, seeking views on the use of public Wi-Fi networks for expansion of broadband across the country.

By Belal Khan

wi-fi, Trai

According to the regulator, the move is likely to result in faster Internet speeds, while reducing data costs by up to 90 per cent for consumers.

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For the access network, wireless data communication technologies can play a significant role in the penetration of broadband due to ease of deployment and faster roll out.

Moreover, it also allows telecommunication service providers to offload their cellular data through Wi-Fi networks to reduce the traffic on their data networks by making use of unlicensed spectrum.

While doing so, operators are in a position to offer a better user experience and higher access speeds to subscribers in the Wi-Fi zone, hence facilitating subscriber satisfaction and retention.

The last date for submission of comments on issues raised by the regulator is August 10 and the counter-comments can be sent till August 24.

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