TRAI to bring more transparency in broadband tariffs.
Telecom regulator TRAI has initiated the process to implement higher degree of transparency in internet and broadband services with its latest draft directions to telecom operators. TRAI wants detailed display of tariff plans of broadband services with fair usage policy from both wireline and wireless service providers on their website as well as in advertisements. TRAI’s draft direction entail that telecom operators should mention explicitly data usage limits along with speeds before and after the consumption of data usage. In case of wireless broadband they should also mention technology such as 3G and 4G along with data usage in tariff plans. Operators are expected to provide these tariff details via SMS and e-mails to new and existing customers. TRAI has suggested in its draft that in wireline broadband the speed of broadband should not be reduced below 512 Kbps in any plan. Presently 512 Kbps is the minimum speed for any internet connection to be called broadband. Operator will be required to provide customers with information regarding data usage as it reaches eighty percent of its prescribed limit in wireline broadband as well as mobile broadband tariff plans. TRAI has asked stakeholders to register their comments till 1st Feb and counter comments till 8th Feb 2016.
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