Network congestion increases in major cities

By agencies   |   Tuesday, 18 October 2005, 07:00 Hrs
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NEW DELHI: With the increase in the numbers of mobile users the problem of call drops and poor quality voice service has also been increased. The problem is more in cities where the levels of network congestion are twenty times greater then the specific standard.

The data released by Telecom Regulatory Authority of India (TRAI), the number of cities that comes under the congestion level is 10 percent higher than the standard specification has been increased from 85 cities in July to 153 cities in August.

As per the quality of service (QoS) regulation issued in July for the inter network congestion level for QoS is less than 0.5 percent. The number of congestion between networks of private operators and the Bharat Sanchar Nigam Limited (BSNL) network is more than this benchmark in number of cities.

The basic reason is inefficient and inadequate interconnection between operators. The regulatory authority said in a statement: “TRAI has been monitoring the provision of interconnection between various operators. The result of the monitoring reveals that in a number of areas, the degree of congestion between the operators is alarming.”

Apart from this, less number of base stations, inadequate spectrum and inadequate junctions between the two networks also leads to frequent blocking of calls, call drops and poor voice quality.

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