Apex body Telecom Regulatory Authority of India (TRAI) has issued guidelines to the internet service providers (ISPs) and telecom operators to provide the minimum required broadband speed to their subscribers and fixed the contention ratio for broadband at home of 1:50 and for business at 1:30.
What is Contention Ratio ?
The contention ratio of 1:30 and 1:50 means that the same bandwidth would be used by 30 to 50 customers, who can share the same bandwidth to ensure that customers get better and higher broadband speeds.
Earlier, the contention ratio placed no restriction on operators and they were offering service at a contention ratio of 1:80 to 1:100. there are apprehensions that the move would cause to increase the broadband tariffs as operators will have to buy more bandwidth to maintain the new norms.
While TRAI is striving to improve the quality of Broadband for Indian consumers, Airtel Broadband has started limiting the speed on its Unlimited Data Transfer Plans which we think is il-legal and has sought clarification from TRAI.