Aiming to offer low cost internet, telecom regulator Telecom Regulatory Authority of India (TRAI) has proposed the concept of open architecture-based public Wi-Fi grid to Telecom Ministry.
Speaking to reporters, TRAI Chairman RS Shama, ‘Broadband proliferation across the country is an important pillar of Digital India. Wi-Fi is the cheapest option given low cost of equipment and free spectrum,”
The recommendations by TRAI are backed by the findings of pilot project conducted by regulator. The pilot and trials by TRAI were aimed at demonstrating the proof of concept of such an architecture. TRAI has presented a report on public Wi-Fi open pilot project to Telecom Minister Manoj Sinha.
The Telecom Regulatory Authority of India (TRAI) has suggested that any entity — company, proprietorship or non-entities — should easily be able to set up a public Wi-Fi access point. The mesh or grid proposed by the regulator entails various providers coming together to address aspects like services, access, payment, and authentication. According to TRAI, the products available for consumption should begin from ‘sachet sized’, that is, low denomination, as low as ₹2.