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TRAI extends deadline for paper
The Telecom Regulatory Authority of India (TRAI) has announced that it has decided to extended the deadline for submitting feedback to its discussion paper regarding the implementation and execution of public Wi-Fi framework in India.

TRAI is seeking feedback from public on its initiative to use open Application Programme Interfaces (APIs) of Aadhar, electronic Know Your Customer (e-KYC) and Unified Payments Interface (UPI) identifications as part of a uniform authentication and payment method for accessing public Wi-Fi hotspots.

TRAI aims at replacing, what it calls 'tedious and cumbersome' process with a unified interface. This service is being planned to allow users to authenticate and pay for public Wi-Fi services. 

TRAI's paper also seeks responses regarding the feasibility of telecom companies reselling capacity and bandwidth to consumers. It also aims at exploring the possibility of implementing "light touch regulation", the concept of fewer investor and business barriers in between a transaction, by registering telecoms instead of licensing a service to them. 

TRAI's paper has also sought response regarding a possible cost and revenue sharing roadmap for all entities in a public Wi-Fi value chain and evaluate whether regulatory intervention will be necessary in this context or can the matter be left to "forbearance and individual contracting."

TRAI had initially decided that it will accept the feedback from public till November 25. The deadline has been extended till December 9 now.

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