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Support Roll Out Of Public Wi-Fi Hotspots: Niti Aayog To Telcos

Telecom operators need to support the rollout of public wi-fi hotspots to gain edge in technology space, Special Secretary, Niti Ayog, Yaduvendra Mathur, said.

“TSPs (telecom service providers) also need to support this move (roll out of public wifi). If you do not allow for hotspot roll out then we will be again behind the curve,” Mathur said at a Broadband India Forum event.

To push proliferation of wi-fi hotspots, the Telecom Regulatory Authority of India (TRAI) had recommended that a new set of players to be called Pubic 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.

The recommendation of Trai was based on existing rules for cyber cafes. Telecom operators opposed the public wi-fi model recommended by the sector regulator Trai, saying it will adversely impact debt ridden industry and compromise national security.

Later, telecom operators agreed to roll out wi-fi hotpsots by themselves under existing rules.

Mathur said democratization of wi-fi hotspot is required in the country and called for creation of National Trust Registry for IoT devices so that they can operate on network of all telecom operators smoothly.

Talking about over-the-top (OTT) players, he said there is much that both OTTs and TSPs have to gain from each other. ‘There is a strong case for an even stronger relationship between them to emerge given the continued and exponential consumption of data in India at the lowest rates globally,” he said.―News Today

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