TRAI reports network congestion statistics

8 Jul 2009

The Telecom Regulatory Authority of India (TRAI) has revealed that in the first three months of 2009 congestion on the country’s mobile networks had increased, reports the Economic Times. The regulator claimed that Reliance Communications (RCOM) and Idea Cellular had the most congested networks of the private operators, with Tata Teleservices (TTSL) ranked as having the least congested. The TRAI said that Idea faced congestion problems at 18 points of interconnection (POI), while RCOM had issues in 16 POI; the most congested circle was Bihar, followed by Andhra Pradesh and Calcutta. Additionally, the TRAI announced that congestion levels were above permissible limits in more than 76 locations, compared to 66 locations in the previous quarter; at December 2008 the regulator said that congestion levels had fallen to an all time low.