Sector regulator TRAI (Telecom Regulatory Authority of India) extended the deadline for comments on a consultation paper on scalable public Wi-Fi networks to December 9, this year.
On November 15, Trai sought comments from stakeholders on its consultation note named ‘Model for Nationwide Inter-operable and Scalable Public Wi-Fi Networks’ with a deadline of November 25.
“Keeping in view the request of stakeholders for extension of time for sending their comments, it has been decided to extend the last date for submission of written comments upto 9th December, 2016, “TRAI secretary Sudhir Gupta in a statement said, adding that no further requests for the extension would be entertained.
The regulator is eyeing public Wi-Fi networks as a means to facilitate ubiquitous Internet connectivity in low-penetrated regions and that can also serve as an additional resource to lessen spectrum burden on telcos in dense urban areas.
Trai chairman RS Sharma earlier said that it was unfortunate that India had a mere 35,000 Wi-Fi hotspots which were very low when compared to Western countries.
In July this year, it released a consultation paper on “Proliferation of Broadband through Public Wi-Fi Networks” for putting up a scalable and sustainable public Wi-Fi infrastructure in the country.
Stakeholders are requested to submit their comments on or before December 9, 2016 preferably in the electronic form, the statement added.
The regulator is seeking inputs on whether public Wi-Fi access providers should resell capacity and bandwidth to retail users and on the architecture it suggested for creating unified authentication and payment infrastructure. (Source: ETTelecom)