Having seen the controversy related to Reliance Jio s free trial run stretched too far, the Telecom Regulatory Authority of India on started a consultation process to frame rules for the network testing before full-fledged commercial launch. Also Read - Jio launches 5 new prepaid plans with no daily data limit, unlimited voice calls and moreAlso Read - How to recharge your Jio number via WhatsApp
The DoT requested the Authority to provide its recommendations on testing of network before commercial launch of services including enrolment of customers for testing purposes before commercial launch, duration of testing period etc…, according to a consultation paper prepared by TRAI.
Accordingly, this paper has been prepared to discuss issues involved, possible solutions and framework to bring clarity on the matter, the TRAI said. The consultation paper mentioned that till date, the need was not felt to specify various aspects of testing such asdefinition of test cards, limit of test cards and testing duration. ALSO READ: TRAI to clarify its Rs 3,050 crore penalty on Airtel, Vodafone and Idea Cellular
However, in 2016, a TSP (telecom service provider) carried out testing of its long-term evolution (LTE) network on a very large scale and enrolled lakhs of subscribers as test users before commercial launch of its services… Some incumbent operators filed representations through their industry association expressing that this practice is unfair due…, the consultation paper noted.