TRAI to Frame Strict Rules for New Mobile Operators to Test Their Network and Services Before Commercial Launch: Report

The Telecom Regulatory Authority of India (TRAI) is reportedly planning to frame strict rules for the new entrants in the Indian telecom scene for testing their network before making their services available for public on a commercial scale.

According to PTI’s report, TRAI will start framing these rules as early as May. It goes without saying that this move comes in light of incumbent operators continuous demands to clearly lay down the do’s and don’ts surrounding the trail period of new network.

It all started when Reliance Jio entered the Indian telecom sector last year. Several Indian telcos raised concerns demanding that a specific set of rules are to be stipulated for telcos who are testing their services.


PTI’s report suggests that TRAI’s upcoming consultation paper will likely address issues such as “the number of subscribers that can be on-boarded during the trial period by a new operator, as also the duration for such network and service testing.” Also, the paper is expected to solve issues like whether a service can be provided free of charge or not.

The consultation paper is expected to be issued by May according to a couple of people familiar with the matter reports PTI.

As most of you may already know, there have been several disputes between Reliance Jio and incumbent operators in the past with each of them accusing someone of something or the other.

Further, Cellular Operator’s Association of India (COAI) also alleged Jio of “attempting to acquire customers by offering connection loaded with freebies, in the guise of a trial launch.”

The incumbent telcos, under the guidance of COAI, “had alleged that Reliance Jio’s testing of the network was an effort to bypass regulations.”

In spite of all of this, Reliance Jio managed to seize a good amount of user base by the time it launched its services commercially in September last year.

TRAI is now looking into the issue and will likely establish strict guidelines for new entrants for trail period very soon.

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Sunny | Lucknow
April 28, 2017 2:39 pm 2:39 PM

Off topic: Anyone remember if Jio’s 149 plan had unlimited usage at 128 Kbps after 1/2 GB limit? Seems like they’ve removed it.

April 28, 2017 6:01 pm 6:01 PM

Only 303 came with unlimited

April 28, 2017 2:59 pm 2:59 PM

There was no unlimited 128Kbps option from the beginning. It was just 1 GB/2 GB. Only 303 and higher had unlimited plans.

Sunny | Lucknow
April 28, 2017 5:08 pm 5:08 PM

Okay. Never looked at this plan very closely that’s why the confusion.

April 28, 2017 1:41 pm 1:41 PM

Wow so early!!! That too after RBI red flagged telecom sector last week due to heavy debts and very low rate of return which could shoot up the already high level of NPAs of Indian banks

Sunny | Lucknow
April 28, 2017 12:22 pm 12:22 PM
Thanks to TRAI for delaying this until Jio established itself firmly, lol. Crores of people have benefitted & the Indian telecom scenario has changed completely in the past year. Would not have been possible if Jio wasn’t allowed its lengthy & extensive ‘trials’. Many people lament why are we born in this so called third world country but I don’t think anywhere else people have ever got a chance to consume terabyes of LTE mobile data absolutely free for many months straight. All this is mere posturing from TRAI as no one else is going to do anything on Jio’s… Read more »
Chinmoy ., Guwahati
April 28, 2017 1:44 pm 1:44 PM

Well said bro