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We’’ve confirmed around 85+ attendees as a part of our curated audience for #NAMAwifi, our open house discussion on the ‘Future of Public WiFi’, at India Habitat Centre in Delhi, at 4:30 PM on Thursday, 6th of October 2016. This discussion is supported by Facebook and Google.

You can still apply to attend, and be put on a wait-list, pending cancellations (and we tend to get a few). Deadline for wait-list applications closes at 6:00 PM, Tuesday, 4th October 2016.

Please click here to apply

Our speakers include Chetan Krishnaswamy, Garrett Kinsman and Munish Seth. Details here. The talks will be 30 minutes in total, followed by an hour and half of open discussions.

We’’ve got confirmed attendees from organizations including: Akamai Technologies, Amazon, BhaiFi, Broadband India Forum, Business France (French Embassy), Carnegie India, CCAOI, CIS, COAI, Cyril Amarchand Mangaldas, FICCI, Firefly Networks, Fortumo, IAMAI, ICRIER, IIIT Bangalore, iSPIRT, Luthra & Luthra, MDI (Gurgaon), Microsoft, MobStac, Mojo Networks, NASSCOM, NT Cell (DoT), NIPFP, Nishith Desai Associates, Nokia, Ozone Networks, Pawan Duggal & Associates, Paytm, PLR Chambers, Providence Equity Partners, Qlicket, Reliance, Shaildhar Telecom, Spectranet, Spidio Technologies, Tikona, TTSC Security, DoT, Uber, US Embassy, Winjit, WPC Wing (DoT), as well as from the Offices of MP Jay Panda, Derek O’Brien, Rajeev Chandrasekhar & Tathagata Sathpaty, among others.

Discussion details

With the advent of 4G, there still remains an opportunity in WiFi rollouts: many cities have areas where public WiFi has been deployed; many restaurants in major cities have WiFi deployed. We plan to discuss the opportunities and challenges with WiFi rollouts: What kind of consumer behavior has been noticed on public WiFi networks? How can we increase the number of WiFi hotspots? What business models will help create a viable public WiFi system in India? What impact does impact of the spectrum allocation have on WiFi? Who should be allowed to roll out WiFi networks? What are the challenges related to rollout and maintenance, and whether an open WiFi environment is feasible? We bring all major stakeholders to the discussion table to discuss the future of WiFi in India.

The discussion will broadly cover the following issues:

01. The need for Public WiFi and the impact of 4G on data consumption
02. Data usage patterns on Public WiFi
03. Regulatory challenges related to Public WiFi
04. Potential Public WiFi business models
05. Role of government in Public WiFi
06. Choice of licensed and unlicensed spectrum
07. Business models for Public WiFi rollouts: freemium, subsidisation, paid.
08. Rollout options and obligations: one operator or many?
09. Security challenges for government agencies
10. Security issues for consumers
11. Authentication models for ensuring seamless connectivity for WiFi across the city
12. Payment mechanisms
13. Understanding WiFi and mesh networks

The session will be followed by dinner

Note that this is a curated event, and meant only for those who are already working in this domain. Every attendee will be a participant in this discussion.

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