The Indian government has a dream. Of 10 million public WiFi hotspots dotting the country by 2022. It said as much in the National Digital Communications Policy, 2018. 

The Telecom Regulatory Authority of India (Trai) believes it knows how to make this come true. It even goes a step further. Trai wants users to be able to transition seamlessly between hotspots as they go about their days. On 5 June, Trai effectively accused the Department of Telecom (DoT) of undermining its vision.

Trai’s recommendations to bring its plans to life have baked in India’s policy oven for three years.

AUTHOR

Pratap Vikram Singh

Pratap is based out of Delhi and covers policy and myriad intersections with the other sectors, most notably technology. He has worked with Governance Now for seven years, reporting on technology, telecom policy, and the social sector.

View Full Profile

Sign up to our India edition to read this story instantly

Experience The Ken through a special 30-day challenge. Understand why independent, subscription-driven journalism is worth it using one email everyday

If you’ve already signed up, just enter your email below or login using Facebook or Google.