New TRAI Chief Supports Wireless Tech Instead Of Last Mile Unbundling

The Hindu Business Line: The new chief of India’s Telecom Regulatory Authority of India doesn’t seem to be in favour of unbundling the last mile connectivity. Nripendra Misra, chairman, TRAI, is however, in favour of using wireless technologies to bridge the last mile gap. When Pradip Baijal was the chairman of TRAI, the regulator had recommended to the government unbundling last mile. But the government had rejected this, supporting the cause of the state-owned BSNL.
But Misra is not being regressive here. He is supporting the cause of wireless technologies like WiMax and Wi-Fi to get around this problem. “Now there is almost a universal recognition that for broadband, copper is not the only solution. Even if all the copper were to be used we would reach only 5 million subscribers. So we have to look at wireless technologies such as Wi-Fi for propagating broadband services.
On IPTV, the TRAI chief said, “We have done some preliminary study on IPTV and we shall take a view on it within the next few weeks. Whether IPTV is in the domain of the broadcasters or it is a part of the telecom operator’s licence, IPTV is a reality that will be on offer for consumers very soon,” said Misra.

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