In a submission (pdf) to TRAI’s consultation on ‘Proliferation of Broadband through Public Wi-Fi networks’, telecom lobby association COAI has contended that Internet services in the country, delivered via WiFi, Cellular networks or any wired technology, can be provided “only by licensed TSPs/ISPs who have their own network to extend the last mile access”. In July TRAI suggested in a consultation that “there could be small entrepreneurs or even a very small entity (such as small stores) which would like to participate in common and shared WiFi network for larger public use. However COAI said that the notion of using “public Wi-Fi networks for providing ubiquitous citywide coverage is incorrect,” since cellular networks owned and operated by telcos are the only mediums that can be used to expand broadband on a citywide or circle-wise basis. How COAI reasons that…
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