Telecom regulator TRAI has issued draft guidelines for broadband service providers to ensure that they are providing a minimum download speed of 512kbps to both fixed line and mobile customers. Also Read - Jio maintains lead in 4G download speed, Vi in upload in May: TRAI
The Telecom Regulatory Authority of India (TRAI) has come up with the draft guidelines superceding its similar direction issued in 2012 following an amendment in definition of broadband by the government in 2013. As per the amendment, the broadband service should have “capability of the minimum download speed of 512kbps to an individual subscriber from the point of presence (POP) of the service provider intending to provide broadband service.” Also Read - TRAI's new SMS regulations will prevent spam, fraudulent messages: Here's how
The draft says that telecom operators should provide on their website and also in all advertisements published through any media data usage limit, speed of connection both up to and beyond limit set in the plan. As per the proposal, telecom operators should “ensure that download speed of broadband service provided to the fixed broadband subscriber is not reduced below 512kbps in any broadband tariff plan.” Also Read - Starlink satellite broadband service faces challenge in India, Elon Musk led company questioned
In the draft, TRAI has reiterated direction to service providers that they should provide alert to the subscriber when the data usage reaches 80% of the data usage limit under his plan. The regulator has sought views of people on this paper by February 1 and counter views or comments by February 8.