Coupons for Wi-Fi hotspots coming soon at your nearest kirana shop
TRAI
When mobile phones first entered the Indian market, they were deemed expensive and p ostpaid connections ra c ked up bills of insane amounts. That changed with the introduction of prepaid talktime recharge cards that could be sold by just about anyone on the streets. That was the turning point for smartphone adoption in the country. To do the same for internet availability, the Telecom Regulatory Authority of India is planning on rolling out similar wi-fi powered data packs from grocery stores for as low as Rs 10.

Per a report by Economic Times , TRAI has recommended to lower the import duty on Wi-Fi equipment. It has also introduced public data offices ( PDO) and aggregators to provide public Wi-Fi services under Rs 50,000.

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When mobile phones first entered the Indian market, they were deemed expensive and postpaid connections racked up bills of insane amounts. That changed with the introduction of prepaid talktime recharge cards that could be sold by just about anyone on the streets. That was the turning point for smartphone adoption in the country. To do the same for internet availability, the Telecom Regulatory Authority of India is planning on rolling out similar wi-fi powered data packs from grocery stores for as low as Rs 10.

The service will provide Wi-Fi access points in exchange for e-KYC, OTP authentication and voucher packs.

To aid the adoption of this scheme, the Centre for Development of Telematics ( C-DoT) has come out with a service for free ISM ( Industrial, scientific and medical) band.

"The concept of Digital India is not prevalent in every nook and corner. However, with PDO, enable even the thelawallah to sell Wi-Fi-based broadband services anywhere for as low as Rs 10 or even less," C-DoT's Executive Director Vipin Tyagi told The Economic Times .

The C-DoT will allow 20 manufacturing partners to use the PDO technology. The partners include, Bharat Heavy Electricals Limited, Himachal Futuristic Communications, etc. for manufacturing the devices commercially.

Using the devices, small retailers can use 2.4GHz and 5.8GHz bandwidth to provide Wi-Fi access to customers. This can even be used by Virtual Network Operators ( VNOs) to collaborate with multiple network operators to extend the service.

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When mobile phones first entered the Indian market, they were deemed expensive and postpaid connections racked up bills of insane amounts. That changed with the introduction of prepaid talktime recharge cards that could be sold by just about anyone on the streets. That was the turning point for smartphone adoption in the country. To do the same for internet availability, the Telecom Regulatory Authority of India is planning on rolling out similar wi-fi powered data packs from grocery stores for as low as Rs 10.

The move will not only increase the public Wi-Fi hotspots in the country but also bring the prices down. According to TRAI estimates, with the service rolling out commercially, Wi-Fi data would be available for less than 2 paise per MB, while the same is being offered by cellular networks for as high as 23 paise per MB.