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CIS Submission to TRAI Consultation Note on Model for Nation-wide Interoperable and Scalable Public Wi-Fi Networks

by Japreet Grewal, Pranesh Prakash, Sharath Chandra, Sumandro Chattapadhyay, Sunil Abraham, and Udbhav Tiwari, with expert comments from Amelia Andersdotter — last modified Dec 12, 2016 01:59 PM

​This submission presents responses by the CIS on the ​Consultation Note on Model for Nation-wide Interoperable and Scalable Public Wi-Fi Networks published by the TRAI on November 15, 2016. Our analysis of the solution proposed in the Note, in brief, is that there is no need of a solution for non-existing interoperability problem for authentication and payment services for accessing public Wi-Fi networks. The proposed solution in this Note only adds to over-regulation in this sector, and does not incentivise new investment in the sector, but only establishes UIDAI and NPCI as the monopoly service providers for authentication and payment services.

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A Market Structure for Digital India

by Shyam Ponappa — last modified Oct 10, 2016 02:09 AM
October 10, 2016

If delivery is priced below cost, communications services will be unsustainable and ineffective. The stress in the telecom sector is evident from the data. The market capitalisation of listed telecom operators has been stagnant since the 3G auction in 2010, while the government collected Rs 2.83 lakh crore of non-tax charges from them.

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Digital India Needs These Policy Changes

by Shyam Ponappa — last modified Oct 02, 2016 10:09 AM
October 02, 2016

Appropriate policies will increase connectivity much more than spectrum auctions.

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CIS Submission to TRAI Consultation on Proliferation of Broadband through Public Wi­Fi Networks

by Sunil Abraham, Sharath Chandra Ram, Vidushi Marda, and Thejaswi Melarkode — last modified Oct 02, 2016 06:16 AM
August 28, 2016

The Centre for Internet and Society (“CIS”) is grateful for the opportunity to comment on this Consultation Paper (“Paper”). The comments were prepared by Sunil Abraham, Sharath Chandra Ram, Vidushi Marda, and Thejaswi Melarkode. Special thanks to Shyam Ponappa and Arjun Venkatraman for their inputs and feedback.

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Airtel Open Network

by Harsh Gupta and Aditya Tejas — last modified Jun 17, 2016 11:58 AM
June 17, 2016

Today, Airtel launched its Open Network platform. The web page displays visualization data on network coverage and signal strength across the country, as well as a detailed breakdown of cell tower placement, including towers that are shutdown or still being planned.

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Breakthroughs Needed For Digital India

by Shyam Ponappa — last modified May 04, 2016 02:34 AM
May 04, 2016

It's time the government accepts that current policies are not enough to bring about Digital India.

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Connectivity: Let's Apply What We Know

by Shyam Ponappa — last modified Apr 06, 2016 01:19 AM
April 06, 2016

Those who cannot remember the past are condemned to repeat it - George Santayana. Reprise good decisions, and avoid the missteps.

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TRAI Consultation on Differential Pricing for Data Services - Post-Open House Discussion Submission

by Sumandro Chattapadhyay — last modified Mar 30, 2016 01:13 PM

The Centre for Internet and Society sent this submission to the Telecom Regulatory Authority of India (TRAI) following the Open House Discussion on Differential Pricing of Data Services, held in Delhi on February 21, 2016.

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Bottled-Up National Assets

by Shyam Ponappa — last modified Mar 02, 2016 02:21 AM
March 02, 2016

Apply electronic toll collection systems to roads, and adapt road network concepts in organizing and managing communications networks.

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Millions of Indians Slam Facebook's ‘Free Basics’ App

by Subhashish Panigrahi — last modified Dec 30, 2015 02:37 PM

It has been less than two months since the nationwide launch of the Free Basics app in India. The smart phone application (formerly known as Internet.org) offers free access to Facebook, Facebook-owned products like WhatsApp, and a select suite of other websites for users who do not pay for mobile data plans.

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