The Telecom Regulatory Authority of India (TRAI) has released the draft Telecom Regulatory Authority of India Repealing Regulations, 2023, and is inviting comments from stakeholders. The move is aimed at reviewing the regulations on quality of service of dial-up and leased line internet access services, which were introduced in 2001.
According to the TRAI, the regulations were issued at a time when dial-up service was the only option for accessing low-speed internet. However, with the evolution of telecommunication networks and the availability of high-speed broadband services, the regulations are no longer relevant in the present context.
The regulations on quality of service of dial-up and leased line internet access service, 2001 (4 of 2001), were aimed at ensuring customer satisfaction by laying down norms of network performance. These norms were to be achieved by proper dimensioning of the network, measuring the quality of service from time to time, comparing it with the specified norms, monitoring the level of performance, and protecting the interests of subscribers of the internet services.
TRAI Regulations applicable to all basic service operators and ISP
The regulations were applicable to all Basic Service Operators and Internet Service Providers, including incumbent operators such as BSNL, MTNL, and VSNL. The purpose of these regulations was to safeguard concerns regarding service quality, but with the advent of high-speed internet services, the regulations have become outdated.
As per the draft regulations, the TRAI intends to repeal the Regulation on quality of service of dial-up and leased line internet access service, 2001 (4 of 2001), with effect from the date of its notification in the Official Gazette.
The draft Telecom Regulatory Authority of India Repealing Regulations, 2023 is available on the TRAI website www.trai.gov.in and will be open for comments from stakeholders until 17th April 2023.
The move is expected to have a positive impact on the industry, as it will help streamline the regulatory framework and ensure that regulations are in line with the current technological advancements. The TRAI has encouraged stakeholders to provide their comments on the draft regulations to help shape the future of the industry.