The Telecom Regulatory of India (Trai) plans to set benchmarks for quality of service for internet speeds on both fixed line and wireless broadband networks, as it aims to ensure better data connectivity to consumers. Top Internet speed virtually guaranteed? Here’s how (image source PTI)
The users can upload the details of the speed and network quality to the Trai server, which in turn is analysed and published on the regulator’s analytics portal.Trai chairman RS Sharma said the regulator is looking to float a consultation paper after getting some data from users, further which it would set a benchmark for quality of services for internet speeds. Internet speed is crucial for the government to ensure success of its flagship Digital India programme, wherein the government plans to bring all citizen and business centric services online, he said.
The move comes after the regulator and operators have been at loggerheads over data on call drops. Telecom operators allege that the regulator had conducted selective drive tests to determine instances of call drops, while Trai has maintained that the area of the drive tests were selected in consultation with the operators. (Image source Reuters)
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