Trai Says a New Operator Can Test the Network for 90 Days, Should Not Charge Customers During the Period

Trai (Telecom Regulatory Authority of India) today released yet another long overdue recommendations on network testing before the launch of commercial services. In a shocking move, the Trai has said that a new telecom operator looking to foray into the market can roll out the services under testing phase for 90 days. The recommendations also read that a telecom operator can extend the testing phase on a special request by submitting the actual case to DoT.

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“A TSP should be allowed to enrol test subscribers in the testing phase to carry out the network testing before the commercial launch of its services,” said Trai in its Network Testing Before Launch of Commercial Services recommendations.

It also revealed that the number of test subscribers that can be enrolled by a TSP in an LSA should be limited to 5% of its installed network capacity for that LSA (Local Service Area). “The service provider will submit the detailed capacity calculations of the network to DoT and TRAI at least 15 days before commencing enrolment of test subscribers,” said the regulator.

As said earlier, there should be a limit of 90 days on the test phase involving test subscribers. However, if the TSP fails to conclude network testing due to valid reasons, it may make a representation to the licensor, seeking additional time for network testing giving detailed justification, which may be decided by the Licensor on the case to case basis.

Furthermore, during the test phase, the telecom service provider is not mandated to adhere to a specified level of Quality of Service (QoS). Also, the service provider should inform the customers up front that MNP facility won’t be available until the service are commercially launched.

Lastly, the network operator should not charge the customers during the test period, and it should also inform the likely date of commercial launch ahead of rolling out the test services.

Ever since the Reliance Jio test services rollout, there has been a long debate between the regulator and top telecom service providers such as Bharti Airtel about the operator carrying out its test subscribers to the commercial launch. Reliance Jio offered free LTE services for six months, and during the period, it achieved over 100 million subscribers. Airtel urged that the Mukesh Ambani-led company should not be allowed to convert the test subscribers to commercial subscribers.

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Faraz
December 5, 2017 7:51 pm 7:51 PM

New rules for upcoming operator, or reply to avoid for complaint against Jio. Well I wish new operator to come for 5G competition.

Nitin
December 5, 2017 12:06 pm 12:06 PM

Network test karane ke liye KALEJA hona chahiye. Jio me that to usne kiya.

Girish Gowda
December 5, 2017 9:18 am 9:18 AM

People here saying these rules are unneeded and nobody else will come into indian telecom industry anymore are short sighted. India is poised to become a double digit trillion dollar economy in a couple of decades. Even more modern and efficient technology in telecom will be coming along the road in a couple of decades as well. As long as congress-style scams aren’t going to be the norm then a ton of foreign and Indian companies will definitely be interested to play in the Indian telecom and broadband services sector in 2 decades. The future is exciting.

M S
December 6, 2017 8:09 am 8:09 AM

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