wordpress blog stats
Connect with us

Hi, what are you looking for?

Cabinet clears public WiFi plan, Public Data Offices to be set up without license fee

The union cabinet has cleared the Department of Telecommunications' plan to proliferate public WiFi hotspots by allowing Public Data Offices (analogous to Public Call Offices) to operate without paying a license fee, the government announced on Wednesday. The move follows years of consultations from the Telecom Regulatory Authority of India (TRAI), a process that happened alongside the drastic fall in mobile data prices. Public Data Offices — that provide “last-mile” WiFi connectivity in areas where connectivity is low — will have to be compliant with the Wireless Access Network Interface (now known as PM-WANI), an authentication mechanism that flows from the government's historically stringent norms for KYC in telecom services. PDOs won't need to register, but PDO Aggregators — a bandwidth aggregator which buys spectrum from multiple ISPs and provide them to PDO owners at cheaper proportions — will. App Providers, who will authenticate users before they connect to public WiFi hotspots, will also have to get themselves registered. These unusual requirements are compounded by resistance from telecom operators, who have opposed WiFi being offered as a commercial service, as they say they have to pay taxes on public WiFi hotspots that other providers wouldn't have to. In the end, the actual proliferation of public WiFi hotspots depends on a variety of factors. Some are: Whether there is a business case to run hotspots (even as telecom operators seem set to increase pricing for mobile data) Whether the authentication system is too convoluted to reasonably expect millions of users to…

Please subscribe/login to read the full story.
Written By

I cover the digital content ecosystem and telecom for MediaNama.

Free Reads

News

The ‘Reforming Intelligence and Securing America Act’ (RISAA) is a legislation to reauthorize Section 702 of the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act (FISA).

News

In its submission, the Interior Ministry said the decision to impose a ban was "made in the interest of upholding national security, maintaining public...

News

Among other things, the security requirements include data encryption and regular review and updated access permissions to reflect personnel changes.

MediaNama’s mission is to help build a digital ecosystem which is open, fair, global and competitive.

Views

News

NPCI CEO Dilip Asbe recently said that what is not written in regulations is a no-go for fintech entities. But following this advice could...

News

Notably, Indus Appstore will allow app developers to use third-party billing systems for in-app billing without having to pay any commission to Indus, a...

News

The existing commission-based model, which companies like Uber and Ola have used for a long time and still stick to, has received criticism from...

News

Factors like Indus not charging developers any commission for in-app payments and antitrust orders issued by India's competition regulator against Google could contribute to...

News

Is open-sourcing of AI, and the use cases that come with it, a good starting point to discuss the responsibility and liability of AI?...

You May Also Like

News

Google has released a Google Travel Trends Report which states that branded budget hotel search queries grew 179% year over year (YOY) in India, in...

Advert

135 job openings in over 60 companies are listed at our free Digital and Mobile Job Board: If you’re looking for a job, or...

News

By Aroon Deep and Aditya Chunduru You’re reading it here first: Twitter has complied with government requests to censor 52 tweets that mostly criticised...

News

Rajesh Kumar* doesn’t have many enemies in life. But, Uber, for which he drives a cab everyday, is starting to look like one, he...

MediaNama is the premier source of information and analysis on Technology Policy in India. More about MediaNama, and contact information, here.

© 2008-2021 Mixed Bag Media Pvt. Ltd. Developed By PixelVJ

Subscribe to our daily newsletter
Name:*
Your email address:*
*
Please enter all required fields Click to hide
Correct invalid entries Click to hide

© 2008-2021 Mixed Bag Media Pvt. Ltd. Developed By PixelVJ