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Digital Bytes: MeitY and India Telcom providers take measures to address surge in data traffic

23.04.2020
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  • MeitY’s digital kiosks (Common Service Centres) provide Wi-Fi hotspots which serve as the only way many rural Indians get to access key services (like G2P e-payments and telemedicine), and were initially shut because of the lockdown, but MeitY had since requested that the govt allow them to continue providing the service. Wi-Fi traffic in rural areas have surged by 100% since the lockdown in March.
  • COAI had initially called on DoT to urgently release additional spectrum on a temporary basis after data traffic spiked by 15-20% following the announcement of the nationwide lockdown.
  • COAI expects Q1 revenues to take a major hit due to weak subscriber growth and interrupted 4G expansion plans.
  • Meanwhile, OTT video providers, such as Amazon, Zee, TikTok, Netflix, as well as Google and Facebook have agreed to adopt measures to reduce bit rates on cellular networks.

COAI had initially called on DoT to urgently release additional spectrum on a temporary basis after data traffic spiked by 15-20% following the announcement of the nationwide lockdown.

Theme:
Infrastructure and Spectrum: 5G and next generation networks
Region:
Asia Pacific
Series:
Regulatory Watch
Coronavirus, covid-19, telcom
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