Trai Submits Plan Outlining Open Architecture Based Wi-Fi to Government

The Telecom Regulatory Authority of India (Trai) is seeking a chance to develop public Wi-Fi hotspots by slashing prices in this new turn of events. Trai on Thursday presented a report to the government which outlined details about open-architecture based Wi-Fi services which would function on interoperability at very low prices. This new move if gone right, is expected to cut the prices of data significantly. The report which was submitted to Communications Minister Manoj Sinha by Trai Chairman RS Sharma was titled as “Public Wi-Fi Open Pilot Project”. While submitting the report to the government authority, Sharma said: “This is an architecture based on interoperability and is a very robust one… like UPI and Aadhaar.”

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Trai had some interesting revelations to discuss regarding the new step for bringing down data prices. The new model of the network has been given the name of “Wi-Fi Access Network Interface (WANI)” Trai also added that “The products available for consumption should begin from ‘sachet-sized’, that is, low denominations may be Rs 2”. Speaking about the prices of the data, the regulatory authority said that this new implementation is going to bring down data prices by 90%.

The Chairman of Trai explained in detail about the working of this new system and the hierarchy of the officials under this distinct arrangement.

He spoke “The person managing a router (in an area) would be called PDO (Public Data Office), the one managing 1,000 such routers would be called PDOA (Pubic Data Office Aggregator), and the one who develops an application would be called application provider, and in such a way the system would work.”

Also telling about the services under this system, Sharma said that the Cloud services would be responsible for authentication of the service provider and service seekers as well as accounting and payment settlement will be done on the Cloud too. Using this technology, a central registry will be created to authenticate the service provider and service seekers.

Explaining the reasoning behind this new development, he added that presently in India there are only wireless networks and no wired connectivity which has made Wi-Fi to be the cheapest mode of internet.

While some industry experts were being sceptical about the fusion of WANI and the BharatNet Project, Sharma denied the doubts saying that these two projects would remain independent. Minister Manoj Sinha who was on the receiving end of the new plan, said that the government and Trai would sit down to discuss ideas about how WANI could be executed practically in the days to come.

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Kiran Fernandes | Goa
April 6, 2018 1:57 am 1:57 AM
A very good job. If we get Wi-Fi network all over the country, things will change, and people wont be very data hungry as their data needs are being satisfied. Secondly, if Jio kicks out AVoId from India(they’ll probably shut down before 2030), Jio will have the monopoly status and will try to increase prices by a bit, but they will have competition from Wi-Fi services, so Jio still can’t charge people like what AVoId did. Even then, Ambani is a thinker and wants the profits so he won’t overcharge the customers because he knows that customers aren’t willing to… Read more »
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