Call drops in city improve, MTNL worst
Call drop rates in Mumbai have come down in the last recorded audit in May when compared to an assessment carried out in January , but they still remain higher than the mandated norms for some of the operators, Trai has said in its latest findings.
According to drive tests conducted by the telecom regulator in Mumbai between May 10 and May 13, state -run MTNL had one of the worst performances as the call drop rates were near 18% on its 2G network and 43% on the 3G network. This is way beyond the stipulated benchmark of 2% of all calls fixed by Trai. Vodafone’s dropped call rate was under the threshold in the 2G network, but higher at 2.29% on the 3G network. Idea Cellular’s 2G network had a high call drop rate of 5%.Bharti Airtel, however, had call drops under Trai’s stipulation on both its 2G and 3G networks. On 2G, it was recorded at 1.49% while on 3G, it was on the borderline at 1.94%.
Aircel was 2.23% on its 2G network while Reliance Communications was 2.85% on its 2G network. RCom’s CDMA network had a call drop of 4.84%.
Tata was higher on both its networks2.08% on 2G network and 8.80 on its CDMA network.
While Trai is seeking powers to penalize the opera tors for poor quality of services, the mobile companies have time and again questioned the findings, raising doubts over the manner in which the tests were carried out.
Trai has carried out surveys in around a dozen cities to monitor the quality of mobile networks. Its Delhi survey in May had revealed a deficiency across the major operators.
amar ujala newspaper 22/06/2016 : http://epaper.amarujala.com/login.php