Telecom regulator TRAI issued draft design of public WiFi network project that aims to provide low-cost wireless Internet services. Under the proposed system, any entity with valid pan number will be able to set up public data offices (PDOs), similar to PCOs of yesteryears, for providing public Wi-Fi hotspots, as per the draft released by TRAI. The regulator has invited proposals from all entities willing to be part of the public Wi-Fi pilot by July 25. Also Read - TRAI's new SMS regulations will prevent spam, fraudulent messages: Here's howAlso Read - Starlink satellite broadband service faces challenge in India, Elon Musk led company questioned
Any software or hardware company can submit its interest to the Telecom Regulatory Authority of India (TRAI) for providing technologies required for setting up PDOs.
“This document intends to provide detailed technical specifications for various providers to ensure full Wi-Fi system interoperability. All providers must ensure compliance with this specification to be part of this initiative.” “This is a technical document and does not fully cover detailed policy aspects and enabling framework,” TRAI said in the document on architecture and specifications of Public Wi-Fi. ALOS READ: TRAI invites firms to set up pilot basis paid public Wi-Fi hotspots
The regulator at this stage has proposed to open network design- wifi access network interface (wani)- for setting up public wifi hotspots. The regulator has proposed a central registry that will be managed by DoT or Trai or an entity approved by either of them containing information about the PDOs etc.