Telecom regulator TRAI has sought public opinion on relaxing fixed line and mobile phone service quality norms on issues like fault repair, false billing, response from customer care and other consumer grievances. Telecom Regulatory Authority of India (TRAI) can impose a penalty up to Rs 10 lakh per violation if a telecom operator fails to meet quality of service (QoS) standards laid down by it for fixed lines and mobile phones. Also Read - Airtel 5G Mumbai trials show download speeds of 1.2Gbps, upload at 850Mbps
In their feedback to TRAI, Telecom Service Providers (TSPs) have sought relaxation of QoS rules as they face some practical issues in meeting the laid down parameters. “However, before taking a final view on the representations of the TSPs, the authority has decided to seek views of all stakeholders on various constraints/difficulties pointed out by TSPs in achieving the QoS benchmarks,” TRAI said in a consultation paper. Also Read - Jio maintains lead in 4G download speed, Vi in upload in May: TRAI
Under present norms, telecom operators are required to address 90 percent complaints by the next day and 100 percent within 3 days in urban areas. For rural and hilly areas, it is 90 percent by the next day and 100 percent within 5 days. Telecom operators have sought more time for resolving complaints. They have requested this to be made to 70 percent by next working day, 90 percent in 3 days and 100 percent within 5 days in urban areas. Also Read - TRAI's new SMS regulations will prevent spam, fraudulent messages: Here's how
For rural and hilly areas, TSPs want it to be made to 70 per cent by the next day, 80 per cent in 3 days, 90 percent in 5 days and 100 percent within 7 days. TSPs have expressed the view that faults booked after 5 pm in the evening can be marked for resolution only by 10 am next morning. This compounds the delay in attending the faults by the next working day. The existing benchmark is that telecom operators have to resolve all complaints within 4 weeks. TSPs have requested that this should be changed to 98 percent within 4 weeks and 100 percent within 8 weeks.
Similarly, telecom operators have requested relaxation in QoS rules on time taken by customer care center to respond to call, closure of service, fault incidents, mean time to repair and period of applying credit, waiver or adjustment to the customer’s account. TRAI has fixed June 12 as the deadline for public comments and June 19 for counter comments.