TRAI announces higher minimum download speeds for broadband users


The Telecom Regulatory Authority of India announced today that the minimum download speeds for broadband users should now be guaranteed at 512 kbps instead of 64 kbps by service providers.

Kolkata, 1st Nov., Red Newswire/-

In July 2013, TRAI had ammended the definition of the term ‘broadband‘ internet. Apparently, according to the new definition, broadband internet is meant to boost a minimum download speed of 512 kbps. This might’ve been great news for us internet users in India, but the changes hadn’t been brought until today.

Following this, many telecom authorities had tried to get TRAI’s attention to actually implement the new denotation of broadband, the latest effort was carried out by COAI and the Association of Unified Telecom Service Providers Association of India (Auspi).

The two entities had written a joint letter to TRAI, back in February, requesting the telecom authority to revise the minimum download speeds to 512 kbps responding to TRAI’s consultation paper on transparent delivery of internet and broadband services. The two organizations also urged TRAI to remove the mandate on any minimum speed on broadband internet after the package quota is exhausted by the user.

There hadn’t been any big news regarding this whole event. But today, TRAI has finally announced that fixed or `wired’ broadband operators must ensure a minimum 512 kbps download speed at all times.

“Download speed to the fixed broadband subscriber must not be reduced below the minimum level defined by DoT in any fair usage tariff plan, after expiry of assigned data quota of the consumer,”

the Telecom Regulatory Authority of India said in a directive to broadband service providers.

This is a move that completely counters what the major telecom operators in India (such as Bharti Airtel, Reliance Communications, Sistema Shyam Teleservices) were urging the regulator since the begining of 2016. The operators were asking TRAI to allow throttling speed to be brought down 64 kbps to avoid misuse of services beyond the designated quota.

The telecom regulator has also asked operators to keep customers fully in the loop. This means that customers will have to be fully informed about the type of services they are enjoying– 3G or 4G and even the threshold and speed after exhaustion they are looking at. Customers will also have to be informed about their consumption via text messages and email, including milestone consumption points like 50%, 90% and 100%.

Image credit: Indian Express

This story was originally posted here.


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