TRAI moots cap on prelaunch sub­scribers

India Business Journal - - NEWS ROUND-UP -

The TRAI has rec­om­mended rules of net­work test­ing be­fore an op­er­a­tor com­mer­cially launches mo­bile ser­vices. The tele­com reg­u­la­tor has

pre­scribed a limit of 90 days on the test phase in­volv­ing test sub­scribers. If the tele­com ser­vice provider fails to con­clude net­work test­ing due to valid rea­sons, it may seek ad­di­tional time from the

li­cen­sor for test­ing the net­work. The sec­tor reg­u­la­tor has also pro­posed cap­ping num­ber of test sub­scribers to 5 per cent of in­stalled net­work ca­pac­ity for a tele­com cir­cle. The new rules have come in the wake of strong op­po­si­tion from in­cum­bent play­ers over Re­liance Jio's large num­ber of sub­scribers dur­ing its test­ing pe­riod.

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