India Has Only 31,000 Public Wi-Fi Hotspots, Says TRAI Reports

Life would have been so much easier, if anywhere you go in the country, you always find a wifi hotspot. If you think alike, you will be a bit disappointed to know that Telecom Regulatory Authority of India (TRAI) has recently released a report which states that there are only 31,000 public Wi-Fi hotspots in India.

The report said, “Public hotspots hold an important place in the last-mile delivery of broadband to users. It allows for offloading from telecom networks to ease congestion and will be crucial when the next billion IoT devices come online. Yet, there are only 31,000 public Wi-Fi hotspots in India, compared to 13 million in France, and 10 million in the United States of America. In India, access to data is still limited due to poor coverage of fiber/telecom and prohibitive pricing of cellular data”.

Also, WiFi and LTE are not competing with each other to offer the latest 4G services, since installing new LTE towers is not an easy job, Wifi is a winning over LTE.
The reason for which TRAI’s believes that the internet is for all is that the World Bank has observed that a 10 percent increase in Internet penetration leads to a 1.4 percent increase in GDP. Many countries like Estonia, Finland, and France consider the internet to be a basic human right.

The number of public hotspots offered is 13 million in France, and 10 million in the United States of America.

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