The Telecom Regulatory Authority of India on July 31 despatched additional inquiries to Airtel and Vodafone Thought on their precedence 4G plans. The Financial Instances first reported the recent questionnaires. These plans, Vodafone RedX and Airtel Platinum, the telecom operators declare, give customers who pay extra increased speeds. TRAI initially tried halting these plans altogether however the TDSAT lifted the regulator’s order staying them, saying that it might be attainable to analyze the plans with out stopping them. Jio is towards these plans as “higher or any pre-determined speed for data transfer is technically not feasible to be assured in the [sic] wireless system,” a stand that TRAI shares.

TRAI’s investigation letters to telcos, which MediaNama was capable of get hold of, (Vodafone Thought — letter, questionnaire, Airtel — letter, questionnaire) are the regulator’s second listing of questions on the difficulty — you possibly can learn our protection of the primary listing right here.

TRAI’s inquiries to telcos

Right here’s a abstract of TRAI’s new inquiries to telcos:

  1. You say you employ the QoS Class Identifier QCI 6 to present precedence 4G customers increased speeds. However requirements for QCI 6 state that they’re meant to be used by emergency responders. Isn’t it a violation to make use of this commonplace for a business function?
  2. Please present worldwide case research of QCI 6 getting used commercially.
  3. Please present technical particulars of how your networks handle congestion on the LTE Radio Entry Community [that is used by 4G devices].
  4. What number of nodes in your community in Delhi have been working at 80–90% or increased capability in June?
  5. Do you restrict information throughput for subscribers when congestion occurs within the community? If that’s the case, please present particulars.
  6. Do you restrict throughput for some companies like FTP or video streaming to restrict customers abusing the community? If that’s the case, please present particulars. [note: this is a net neutrality question, and it would be interesting to see what this could unearth.]
  7. Do you’ve got a most bitrate outlined for customers with a assured bitrate (GBR)? If that’s the case, please present particulars.
  8. “Have you kept Allocation and Retention Priority (ARP) and Service Data Flow (SDF) parameters same for platinum and non-platinum subscribers in your network? If yes, then kindly confirm. If no, then kindly elucidate the differences and the objectives of the same.”
  9. What are your core community congestion insurance policies?
  10. How do you monitor congestion within the 4G community and the core community?
  11. “How much percentage of total 4G cell sites experienced RAN user plane congestion? Kindly provide the details for Delhi LSA for June 2020.”
  12. In June 2020, what was the common bitrate that premium and non-premium customers typically had in Delhi and Maharashtra?
  13. The place are the highest 10 LTE websites in Delhi and Maharashtra the place utilization by premium subscribers is highest? What was these customers’ common web velocity in these locations?
  14. Equally, what have been probably the most congested websites in these two circles? What was the common velocity there?
  15. Apart from assigning premium customers a QCI 6 classification, what else was carried out to make sure that they obtain increased speeds?
  16. There could be focus of premium customers in some locations that would clog networks for each common and premium customers. How do you intend to handle this, and what might be the impression of such congestion on crucial companies like on-line training?
  17. “What happens during congestion when a non-priority customer is surrounded by priority customers? Will his packets not be dropped?”
  18. Please present technical particulars to again up your declare that these plans received’t damage the pursuits of non-premium subscribers.
  19. Aren’t premium plans a brand new kind of service because you’re claiming increased speeds, when wi-fi telecom operators have by no means dedicated to any velocity?
  20. Do your 4G LTE plans conform to 3GPP requirements with regard to speeds?
  21. In the event that they do, please present particulars. If not, how will you present increased speeds to some subscribers with out even conforming to regular 4G requirements?
  22. To Airtel: ” Is a [service level agreement guaranteeing certain levels of speeds or reliability] supplied to the platinum prospects and non-platinum prospects and the way the shoppers will come to find out about breach of SLA?”
  23. To Airtel: You point out that “optimum speeds” are maintained for all subscribers throughout congestion. What are these speeds? Are you able to assure these speeds?
  24. To Airtel: “How a platinum customer will come to know that he is getting the promised speed? Platinum customer can measure the speed he is getting but he is not aware of other customers’ speed.”
  25. To Airtel: Please make clear your declare that prioritisation is just utilized when congestion occurs. Is that this for locations the place visitors is often congested, or solely at occasions when visitors is congested?
  26. To Airtel: You declare that the variety of customers utilizing premium 4G is simply too insignificant for it to have an effect for normal customers and likewise that these plans are like a FASTag lane on a freeway that permits customers to keep away from ready. These two statements are contradictory; please clarify them.

Learn: TRAI’s authentic questionnaires: TRAI letter to Airtel | TRAI letter to Vodafone Thought | TRAI questionnaire to Airtel | TRAI questionnaire to Vodafone Thought