Telecom companies cannot scale on the ground level to deploy public WiFi across the country; instead "we have to create an incentive model for a chaiwala, panwala, and the grocery-store owner to give WiFi hotspots, and only then it will scale", TRAI Chairman RS Sharma said at an event in Delhi yesterday. Telecom secretary Aruna Sundarajan reiterated that India cannot be dependent on 3-4 [telecom] providers, and instead it needs a system with ISPs, VNOs, PDOs, and small and medium enterprises to satisfy the communication needs of the country. "Telcos have already made huge capital investments, but they cannot continue those investments at the level," said Sundarajan "We must incentivise smaller players in large numbers, just like for UPI and Uber. Both Sharma and I share the sentiment that although the TSPs think they're losing an opportunity, they should actually…
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