Published: Fri, April 21, 2017
World | By Paul Elliott

Soon buy low-priced Wi-Fi data packs from kirana shops

Soon buy low-priced Wi-Fi data packs from kirana shops

Report adds that for the goal, Centre for Development of Telematics has developed a "public data office", a tech solution for low-priced Wi-Fi data packs. This new development is likely to enable you to buy Wi-Fi data vouchers, similar to mobile recharge cards, from nearby kirana stores and local street vendors sometime in the near future. It has also introduced public data offices ( PDO) and aggregators to provide public Wi-Fi services under Rs 50,000.

The hardware and software elements of the device include a Wi-Fi access point, e-KYC, One Time Password (OTP) authentication, a voucher management mechanism and a billing system.

"The concept of PDO will enable even a thelawallah to sell low-priced Wi-Fi-based broadband services anywhere".

Most internet enthusiasts these days are heavily dependent on Wi-Fi, as compared to mobile data. "Even a nearby kirana shop can resell data services for as low as Rs 10 or even less", C-DoT's executive director Vipin Tyagi told ET.

C-DoT has collaborated with Himachal Futuristic Communications Ltd (HFCL), ITI Ltd and Bharat Heavy Electricals Ltd (Bhel) among others to manufacture the PDO devices. These could work with small public data officer for penetration of Wi-Fi.

C-Dot, which is research and development centre owned by the government, will provide the service over license-free ISM (Industrial, Scientific, and Medical) band. With this, anyone with a supportive device will be able to get browsing access to internet, however, to do so, the users will have to buy the Wi-Fi data vouchers, worth Rs 10. This will enable users o access radio spectrum without any restriction or interference from regulatory bodies.

The report further explains that the Telecom Regulatory Authority of India (Trai) has demanded some tweaks that could help free up some new spectrum bands to make Wi-Fi access possible.

The involvement of aggregators and small entrepreneurs, the regulator had said, would also boost employment opportunities and encourage entrepreneurship in rural areas.

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