Call drops: GSM, CDMA carriers slam Trai over independent tests reports

India’s GSM carriers such as Bharti Airtel, Vodafone India and Idea Cellular, along with CDMA players like RCom and Tata Teleservices have collectively slammed the Indian telecom regulator, Trai, for uploading results of recent independent call drop tests conducted across seven cities on its web site, according to media reports.


These telcos, through lobby bodies COAI and ASUPI, said that the published results do not represent actual performance of operator networks, and have sought their immediate withdrawal. In a joint letter to Trai chairman R S Sharma, both the bodies said that their member telcos have strongly refuted the independent audit finding by providing their own drive tests reports.

The Indian telecom regulator, in its latest report card on call drops, said that most telcos had failed the random drive tests conducted recently in Delhi, Mumbai, Kolkata, Pune, Surat, Indore and Bhubaneshwar to assess the call drops menace. The regulator had earlier mandated that not more than 2% of calls on a telecom operator’s network should drop.

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Both COAI and Auspi have also accused Trai of ignoring the requests of member service operators to share drive test log files.

“We are disappointed that our views have not been considered as it was mentioned that the total length of the drive test conducted by Trai may not be a true representative of network performance as it should ideally be conducted within the municipal boundaries of the city and should cover all major routes,” their joint letter to Sharma read.

In October last year, the regulator had mandated Indian telcos to pay consumers Re 1 for every call dropped on their networks, limited to three a day from January 1, 2016. However, the order was subsequently challenged by the telcos in the Delhi High Court and the case is being heard.

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February 11, 2016 3:00 pm 3:00 PM

reliance cdma becomes wrost network in delhi from last one and a half month. problem start coming with net than call drop and now situation is worst outgoing calls cant made by cdma and icoming calls shows out of coverage area by others……….net to bhiya bhool jao pata nahe kes ke nazar laagg gaye one month back sab sahe tha

February 8, 2016 2:27 pm 2:27 PM

@MADAN KUMAR off topic but use full for all person bought a tcl pride t500l it will support cdma my phone box clearly mention cdma support but not getting 90 days promotional unlimited data offer already complaint for this issue also my old problem solved for 1mbps capping in evdo my tp link mr3020 is faulty tp link replaced this after verify from rma process is fast from tplink 7 days got new sealed packed router

Sudharsan R
February 8, 2016 1:47 pm 1:47 PM

TRAI is dead authority where India is having worst data speed and Government talks great of Digital India.