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TRAI to Publish Consultation Paper for Promotion of Wi-Fi in Public Places

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TRAI will soon float a consultation paper to promote Wi-Fi in public places with easy payment options, which could help decongest carrier networks and improve services while deepening broadband availability. The paper will come when top telcos Bharti Airtel, Vodafone India and new entrant Reliance Jio Infocomm are deploying Wi-Fi networks in what could be a new battleground for higher-paying data customers.

“We will soon float the consultation which will try to find ways in which both the user of public Wi-Fi and providers are able to benefit,” RS Sharma said. “Once a user logs into a public Wi-Fi, the provider should make it clear that this is the per-megabyte payment charge or the price for using the Wi-Fi for a time period, say half an hour, at the end of which the provider should also inform the user the charge for usage,” he added. Read more

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