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Need 'broadband labelling' to safeguard consumer interest:Trai

Regulator Trai today expressed concern over the quality of broadband service in India and stressed the need to have 'broadband labeling' that will help consumers make an informed choice in picking a service provider.

April 07, 2017 / 10:07 PM IST
GTPL Hathway  | In FY21 so far, the stock price has gained 237 percent to Rs 137.35 as of October 14. The company's FY20 total debt reduced by 49 percent to Rs 148 crore compared to its previous fiscal year while it has witnessed decent sales and profit growth of 91 percent and 253 percent respectively.

GTPL Hathway  | In FY21 so far, the stock price has gained 237 percent to Rs 137.35 as of October 14. The company's FY20 total debt reduced by 49 percent to Rs 148 crore compared to its previous fiscal year while it has witnessed decent sales and profit growth of 91 percent and 253 percent respectively.

Regulator Trai today expressed concern over the quality of broadband service in India and stressed the need to have 'broadband labeling' that will help consumers make an informed choice in picking a service provider.

"Quality of broadband services in India remains a huge concern. Broadband infrastructure growth is as low as 1.5 percent, with no further growth in wired connectivity... However, wireless connectivity has experienced stupendous growth of almost 90 percent in recent times," TRAI chairman R S Sharma said.

He was speaking at a conference organised by CUTS International.

"...with consumers having less choices and complex grievance redressal mechanisms, the idea of having a broadband label is significant, path-breaking and will help consumers in making an informed choice. Internet service providers must disclose a minimum average speed for consumers," Sharma said.