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TRAI releases regulations on service benchmarks for wireless data services

Posted on Dec 05, 08:49PM | UNI

The TRAI today released 'The Standards of Quality of Service for Wireless Data Services Regulations, 2012', which lays down the quality of service benchmarks for the wireless data services.

Through these regulations, the TRAI had mandated every Cellular Mobile Telephone Service provider or Unified Access Services provider to set up a test comprising servers and test probes to cover the entire geographical area of coverage of different data services in the licensed service area.

Under the regulations, the service providers are required to meet the quality of service benchmarks for the wireless data services in respect of several parameters including provision or activation of data services; successful data transmission download/upload attempts from a test server; minimum download speed from a test server covering all tariff plans; average throughput for Packet data from a test server for all tariff plans; latency for data services from a test server; PDP context activation success rate and data drop rate.

It has also been mandated that service providers have to publish on their websites, the details of all data services offered, along with their tariff, clearly indicating the cities and towns where such data services and tariff plans are applicable.

The service providers shall not offer new data services or modify the existing data services or tariff(s) without prior publication at its website.