TRAI has released a White Paper on Wireless Data Speed Measurement

Feb 07, 2018 | by Avantis RegTech Legal Research Team

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Telecom Regulatory Authority of India TRAI vide press release dated February 05, 2018 has released a White Paper on Wireless Data Speed Measurement. Speed of Internet connection is considered to be most important and fundamental metric to measure broadband experience.

This paper provides more information about the test set up and methodologies behind the working of TRAI MySpeed app. It explains the approach used for processing of test logs collected from the app, like filtering and aggregation for reporting performances at network level. It compares the approaches of filtering and aggregation followed by different app providers.

Key points of the white paper are as under:

          Measuring broadband speed is a complex process and the outcome depends upon both the test methodology and test conditions.

          Inferences and interpretation of results of test results are to be done keeping in mind the purpose for which these test process were designed and developed.

          Wide variations during the individual test of speed measurement may sometimes be observed because of network state and short time window of measurement. Individual user results in conjunction of results of network performance in area of concern with tests conducted at the moment may provide better picture about expected performance of broadband network.

          For comparing the results from various speed measurement app providers, all such providers need to make available complete details of their methodologies and data processing in public domain so that various stakeholders including users can better understand and interpret them.

          Speed measurement at all India level may need to be presented with spatial and temporal distributions across districts and across different times of the day instead of presenting by a single value.

          Download throughput distribution graphs are highly asymmetric, it may require to be presented by five point summary as depicted in a box plot instead of only single value like mean or median.

The paper also suggested way forward that requires initiatives and support from various stakeholders who can help in accomplishing the objectives of successful wireless data measurements.

[Press Release No 16/2018]




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