Trai issues paper on public Wi-Fi networks


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

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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.


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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