Trai seeks views on QoS for broadband & internet

NEW DELHI: The Telecom Regulatory Authority of India (Trai) has released a consultation paper to seek the views of the service providers on the bandwidth required for ISPs for better connectivity and improved quality of service.

Once the comments are received, Trai aims to develop a framework which will strengthen the existing regulations on quality of broadband service.


In the consultation paper that was released on Thursday, Trai said that there was a strong requirement to identify easily monitorable and enforceable QoS measures. This was particularly in regard to access speed to ensure that a bare minimum (floor) bandwidth is available with service providers for provisioning of broadband and internet services with reasonable assured quality to its subscribers.

According to the regulatory body, increasing number of broadband subscribers and development of various applications demanding high-bandwidth such as IPTV and peer-to-peer file sharing have emphasised the need to ensure high quality broadband connections. And this is why QoS gains so much of importance.

"The concept of virtual office and remote office is gaining popularity. E-Commerce, E- health, Video world, Virtual tours and E-marts are some other emerging popular applications that require huge bandwidth which are also time sensitive. In such a scenario, quality of service becomes of prime importance," elaborated Trai.

In the consultation paper Trai has sited various instances when subscribers allege speed of their broadband connections is much less than subscribed speed.

The regulator has announced 2 February as the last of submission of comments by the stakeholders.

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