TRAI hopes to go live, in a few weeks, with an all India coverage map on its site that will allow telecom subscribers to check the extent and strength of an operator’s network coverage at a chosen location. The Telecom Regulatory Authority of India (TRAI) had launched the beta version of the map on a limited scale – covering only two circles including Delhi in the last year and has now roped in a new vendor to scale up its efforts. The previous contract was with the Centre for Development of Telematics.
TRAI to Display Network Coverage Across the Country
“TRAI is preparing the coverage map of the country so as to identify the black holes or the areas which are not covered or partially covered. We have roped in a vendor who is doing the development, we are taking data from the service providers,” TRAI Chairman R S Sharma said. The project will be live in a few weeks’ time, Sharma added.
“The coverage map will plot on a map the (network) coverage of operators’ services, say 2G, 3G, 4G, VOLTE, with granularity, it will show in a graphical manner which are the areas and extent of coverage. It will also be helpful in a sense that it will say this is the weak area, the coverage is not there Or partially there,” he added.
Sharma said the regulator continues to keep a close watch on the service quality being offered by the telecom operators.
“We are always concerned about the quality of service and continue to monitor the quality of service closely. We have now increased the coverage of a number of cities, there are over 100 cities which are now being covered by independent drive tests, we cover highways and rail routes,” he said.
Telcos Already Providing Network Coverage Info
While TRAI is preparing to launch the service now, telcos like Bharti Airtel and Vodafone Idea are already providing network coverage info on their mobile apps and websites. Bharti Airtel allows users to check the network coverage via Airtel Thanks app and through its website and the same applies to Vodafone and Idea Cellular as well. It’ll be interesting to see what additional features does TRAI’s network coverage map will bring to the table. Telcos are already allowing users to report network coverage issues in their location through their network coverage map service, and hopefully, the same feature will be present on TRAI’s upcoming service as well.