Telecom Regulatory Authority of India (TRAI) has planned to set in place pre-launch network testing rules for wired broadband operators similar to how they exist for mobile services. It is worth noting that TRAI has very clear rules defining how long a mobile service provider can offer free services and how many subscribers it can amass in this period, but there are no such rules in place with TRAI for wired broadband service providers. In the coming days now, the industry regulator is expected to follow up with a consultation process to draft rules for these wired broadband service providers.
In December 2017, TRAI had introduced rules for wireless network testing mandating that operators should be given only a maximum of 90 days for concluding network testing. Also, this new rule had mandated that the total number of subscribers enrolled for network testing should be limited to 5% of its installed network capacity for that area.