The Telegraph
Wednesday , April 23 , 2014
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New Delhi, April 22 (PTI): The Telecom Regulatory Authority of India (Trai) will soon fix the minimum download speed telecom operators will have to ensure for wireless data services.

“The authority (Trai) has been receiving a number of complaints from consumers regarding the poor download speed experienced by them. The authority after examining the issue felt that there is now a need to mandate the ‘minimum download speed’ for the wireless data services,” Traisaid in its latest consultation process.

At present, there is no binding regulation on telecom operators to deliver wireless service at a particular minimum speed.

The 3G operators promise mobile Internet speed in the range of 7.1 megabit per second (mbps) to 21mbps. At 7.1 mbps speed, a mobile user should be able to download a full-length movie in around 12-14 minutes. But invariably, it takes around 40 minutes to download a file size equivalent to that of a movie on the best network.

The minimum speed reported by operators to Trai lies in the range of 399 kbps (minimum broadband speed is 512 kbps) to 2.48 mbps.

The regulator has found the minimum speed delivered by an operator does not even qualify to be called broadband.

The wireless data services include mobile Internet and broadband services such as 2G, 3G and those offered using dongles.