Thursday, March 9, 2017

Free Internet in India

The Telecom Regulator Authority of India (TRAI) proposed almost free Internet pan India. Right now, the minimum rate is 10 paisa per MB. If TRAI's proposal is implemented, people will pay just 2paisa per MB.

Unlike cellular data, TRAI intends to rope in entrepreneurs who'd set up hotspots throughout India & provide fast net access using WIFI networks.

It serves two way, providing affordable internet as well as creating business opportunities for WIFI hotspots.

Indian Railways already provides WiFi hotspots at most railway stations with help from Google. Some fast trains also offer WIFI for free.

The only issue with TRAI proposal would be encrypting data, as public networks are easily used to hack computers & cellphones. Maybe C DAC can come up with something that protects people who use public, almost free Internet.