Vodafone India and Idea Cellular Missed Trai’s Call Drop Metrics by a Small Margin: COAI

Telecom Industry body COAI said Bharti Airtel and Jio were fully compliant with the Trai’s quality of service norms, though Vodafone India and Idea Cellular were marginally not meeting the standards. The body added the non-compliance of call drop parameters laid down by Telecom Regulatory Authority of India in October, was limited to specific local areas and should not be misrepresented as a widespread phenomenon. “These local area problems are principally due to Right of Way (RoW) issues, and should not then be projected as problems covering the whole License Service Area (LSA),” COAI director general Rajan Mathews said.


He further elaborated that Trai has adopted some of the most stringent parameters for measuring call drops, anywhere in the world. In spite of that telecom operators are mostly in compliance with these norms. The COAI response comes on the heels of telecom regulatory body issuing show cause notices last month to some carriers over call drops and their inability to meet the prescribed benchmarks under the new quality of service norms.

Last year, Trai brought new stringent QoS norms which came into effect from October 1, 2017, prescribing a maximum penalty up to Rs 10 lakh per circle in a quarter. These new rules measure call quality at a more granular level – at the tower level- than before, which was at a circle level.

The Cellular Operators Association of India, the body representing all telcos in India on Tuesday announced that Bharti Airtel and Reliance Jio had fully complied with both temporal and spatial parameters.

Vodafone, on the other hand, was fully complied with the temporal norms and mostly complied with the spatial norms, while Idea is marginally non-complied for both the parameters in some circles, COAI said. This news is reported by Economic Times.

However, it flagged Aircel’s non-compliance, adding the operator was not meeting the laid down norms due to its financial troubles. The Chennai based carrier has already filed for bankruptcy as of March end.

Trai’s change in rules is aimed at improving the frequent call drops faced by the customers which had risen in past months as telcos moved their networks from 2G to 3G to 4G without investing into network capacity.

COAI, however, said that the telcos would continue with site additions, optimisations, deployment of new networks and technologies besides positive collaboration with the regulator on drive test methodology and publication of results.

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Nikhil Mumbai-Pune
April 12, 2018 1:45 am 1:45 AM

I hope Idea comes as a winner between Airtel and Idea/Vodafone!!!!! In next two years!!!!!

Airtel User
April 12, 2018 10:49 pm 10:49 PM

Kid go enjoy cheap chinese honor and xiaomi, idea is for these handsets only.

Nikhil Mumbai-Pune
April 13, 2018 5:17 am 5:17 AM

And there is no need to comment on each and everything, when you have absolutely no knowledge!!!!!

Nikhil Mumbai-Pune
April 13, 2018 5:16 am 5:16 AM

Idea works better in any of the device!!!! Be it Samsung/Xiaomi /Honor/One Plus/LG!!!!!

April 11, 2018 11:51 am 11:51 AM

Haaa what

Did BSNL is up to the mark

In city where I live

Chaa bsnl not giVing clrty voice

Data ia totally off in bsnl not talking about it…

Voice quality also worst……..

April 11, 2018 11:38 am 11:38 AM
yes, In my town, for the time being, Jio is better for a short term voice call of upto 1.5 minutes. Voice starts cracking after that time. In Airtel, all calls are good enough, but minimum 3 attempts are needed to call voda or bsnl numbers. BSNL and Voda has call connecting and clarity issues. Even on-net calls of Voda as well as BSNL takes some seconds to connect. Well. Few days back, minimum 20 to 25 attempts are needed to connect from Airtel (my main number) to BSNL / Voda. May be due to less Points of Interconnect (now… Read more »
April 11, 2018 7:33 pm 7:33 PM

What about the international roaming pack that you asked before?

April 11, 2018 7:31 pm 7:31 PM

Same here. All off net calls from airtel does not connect that easy. Successful calls to BSNL network from airtel is a miracle.

Nikhil Mumbai-Pune
April 11, 2018 4:12 pm 4:12 PM

For sure, Jio and Vodafone+Idea will have best coverage by next year April!!!!!

April 11, 2018 7:32 pm 7:32 PM

Till now voda sim is not logging into idea and viceversa.

Nikhil Mumbai-Pune
April 11, 2018 9:57 pm 9:57 PM

I am talking about next year April, can’t you read the same!!!!!

Nikhil Mumbai-Pune
April 11, 2018 4:11 pm 4:11 PM

Use only two numbers, one Jio and other anything which have good coverage in your circle!!!!! There is no other option!!!!!