According To TRAI’s New Plan, You May Soon Get Wi-Fi For Rs 2

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One of the main objectives of Telecom Regulatory Authority of India (TRAI) is to issue orders and directions on various subjects such as tariffs, interconnections, quality of service, Direct To Home (DTH) services and mobile number portability. TRAI is administered through a Secretariat headed by a secretary. All proposals are processed by the secretary.

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Yesterday TRAI came up with a solution to fix the problem of the inconveniences faced by subscribers due to the current port-out system. The authority has initiated the process to overhaul the mobile number portability (MNP) to fix the problem.

The move comes at a time when the closure of operations by some telecom operators has compelled their subscribers to opt for the MNP route.

The decision hasn’t been taken yet but only the proposal has been made, the plan is open architectural based Wi-Fi grid to bring down the cost of the internet by 90%. According to the official statement by TRAI’s chairman, RS Sharma, if the proposed plan somehow gets an approval then the open-architecture will definitely bring down the prices to one-tenth of what is now currently.

According to TRAI, they are planning to sell products available for consumption should begin from ‘sachet sized’ at a price as low as Rs 2. TRAI said that the availability of broadband services at a very low cost is the basic requirement of the ‘Digital India’ and recommended that any entity – company, proprietorship, societies etc should easily be able to set up a public Wi-Fi access point.

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Under the proposed plan by the TRAI, the authentication of the service provider and service seekers, along with accounting and payment settlement, would be done through cloud services. Also, users would be able to easily use the system, do one click authentication and payment, and connect one or more devices in a single session.

The telecom regulator said that a number of entities public data offices (PDO), app providers and software/hardware service providers had agreed to this open architecture based Wi-Fi Access Network Interface (WANI) and to test the specifications in real life conditions.

The telecom minister said the government and the regulator would discuss on the model presented, and look forward on the modalities of implementing it in the days ahead.

TRAI said it is initiating a consultation paper covering all the existing issues to “review and revamp” the existing process and make it more efficient and convenient for telecom subscribers. Trai has sought written comments from stakeholders by May 3 and May 17 is the deadline for counter comments on the issue.


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