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TRAI Releases Network Speed Testing Mobile App

July 08, 2016

The Telecom Regulatory Authority of India (TRAI) was established in the ‘90s to create an independent governing body in the country that would have the authority to regulate communications services and tariffs in that industry. Ultimately, TRAI wants to help telecoms grow while also serving end users by making sure that competition and fair use practices exist between private entities.

TRAI’s latest addition to the telecommunications ecosystem comes under the name MySpeed. This new mobile app for Android and iOS phones can test the speed of Wi-Fi and mobile data connections for any end user. Individuals can use the app to test their own speeds and gain perspective on how their wireless or mobile data connections are serving their phones and tablets. More important, however, is MySpeed’s ability to inform TRAI of the results of those speed tests.

Yes, users can opt to send their results directly to the governing body. TRAI hopes that many users will choose to use this function because it will give regulatory officials a look into the lives of individuals who use the services of telecoms throughout India. Officials can see how connection speeds mix with signal strength and other network information to determine, among other things, if users are getting a fair shake.

This could lead to insight about how residents of one city or region compare to one another and also how they compare to similar areas. It will be able to show specific instances of consumer use of their internet connections and the manner in which they most choose to make calls or browse the web.

India news source Digit reported on the issue and noted that it found installation and usage of the app on an Apple iPhone 6 easy and useful. It also said the app can automatically determine if a user is connected to Wi-Fi or mobile data. The “Begin Test” button in the app performs its namesake. A specific tab in the app shows completed test results and gives users the option of forwarding information to TRAI.

It is unclear if data sent to TRAI in this fashion arrives anonymously. Perhaps the biggest limitation of that app is that TRAI’s receipt of information comes only from those individuals who choose to send it. Mandatory reporting could lead to privacy concerns, but optional reporting may only show an inadequate subset of the population to generate meaningful results. In any case, the app is live and ready for download in the Google Play and Apple iTunes app stores – both prepared for anyone who wants to see how their own connections fare against expectations.

Edited by Alicia Young

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