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G.Fast to solve the last mile issues of FTTH?

The International Telecommunication Union (ITU) has started its approval process on a new broadband standard that could potentially achieve 1 Gbps speeds (within 250m) on the existing copper access networks (press release). This is particularly good news for developing economies that already have / have started laying FTTC (fiber to the cabinet) / FTTdp (fiber […]

LIRNEasia responds to the TRCSL’s consultation on QoS

The Telecommunication Regulatory Commission of Sri Lanka (TRCSL) issued a public consultation on establishing a Quality of Service (QoS) regulatory framework for fixed and mobile voice services (consultation reference: TRC/CL/2/1/1/2). The document was well structured and provided insights to the international standards set by the International Telecommunication Union (ITU) and had an overview of QoS […]

Should access to the Internet be fair?

Or should those paying a higher price have access to better content and better quality of services? The net neutrality debate goes on, yet, in the US a Court rules against. A.U.S. Appeals Court has thrown out ‘net neutrality’ , the rules that have forced broadband providers to treat internet content from different sources the […]

HetNet a must for Mobile Broadband QoS

Efficiency in radio technology and heterogeneous networks (HetNet) for wireless communication has long been talked of. I first heard of it at the London Communication Symposium in 2009 at the University College London (UCL) where HIPNet (Heterogeneous IP Networks) was vastly discussed – more in theory than in-practice, at the time. HetNets enable wireless networks of […]

Internet Quality on the World Development Indicators

Over the past two years LIRNEasia has contributed to the collection, calculation and analysis of the International Telecommunication Union’s (ITU) database on voice and data affordability, i.e. sub-basket calculations for fixed broadband, mobile broadband and mobile cellular services, in Asia, CIS and the pacific (approx 60 countries). The type of data provided by operators differs […]

Apps for Mobile broadband QoS measurements

With the rise in smart phones (particularly on the Android platform) it makes sense to have an app to test, either deliberately or by having it run in the background, the speed, latency and packet loss (among others) that your mobile broadband connection offers. The FCC has done just that. With the hope of having […]

LIRNEasia responds to the Nepal Telecommunication Authority’s Draft QoS Regulation

The Nepal Telecommunication Authority (NTA) issued a consultation paper on the draft  quality of service (QoS) regulation, that covers both fixed and mobile, voice and data QoS standards. LIRNEasia has been working on Broadband QoS experience (QoSE) since 2007. We use our own web and desktop based software application, the AT Tester, to run diagnostics in multiple around […]

Is regional mobile roaming still a problem in South Asia?

At the recent SATRC (South Asia Telecommunication Regulator’s Council) workshop on Policy, Regulation and Services held in Kathmandu, Nepal, 30 July – 01 August 2013, Wangay Dorji, Head of Telecommunication at BICMA (Bhutan InfoComm and Media Authority) spoke on the state of regional mobile roaming within the SAARC countries. Using LIRNEasia research, he points out the […]

Data caps on broadband plans: For or Against?

This argument is prevalent in the US - A senator passing a bill to regulate data caps, the former chairman of the FCC claiming data caps are for operators to increase ARPUs and not for network congestion issues etc. But can we relate in this part of the world? Are data caps doing more harm than good (limiting […]

Sri Lanka among the cheapest telecom tariffs, says ITU

In its recent report, Measuring the Information Society, the ITU provide a brief summary of key ICT services and their developments over the past year. One of the key highlights is the price of broadband that was calculated using the ITU basket methodology. The range is from USD 5 to an astounding USD 1700, with […]

New broadband QoS penalties in the new year, India

In a recent amendment to the Quality of Service of Broadband Service Regulations, 2006, the Telecom Regulatory Authority of India (TRAI) states: The purpose of these regulations is to prescribe financial disincentives on the service providers for failure to meet the prescribed Quality of Service (QoS) benchmarks for Broadband Services. These regulations prescribe financial disincentive on Broadband […]

ITU’s Expert Group on Telecom/ICT Indicators (EGTI) recommends LIRNEasia’s Broadband QoSE Methodology

I recently presented LIRNEasia‘s methodology on measuring broadband quality of service experience (QoSE) at the Expert Group on Telecom/ICT Indicators (EGTI) meeting held on the 23rd & 24th of September 2012 in Bangkok, Thailand just before ITU’s annual World Telecom/ICT Indicators meeting. The methodology suggests tests are carried out on multiple times of the day […]

LIRNEasia Chair & CEO in LMD

Prof. Rohan Samarajiva was recently interviewed by LMD. In his view, an industry such as telecommunications should grow in two ways. Firstly, through structured reforms, which entail privatising state-held telecom companies and breaking international monopolistic control. Secondly, the industry should expand further through day-to-day policy implementation and regulation, both of which need transparency. “The private […]

Pacific ICT Regulatory Resource Centre (PiRRC) AGM in News

The first Annual General Meeting of the Pacific ICT Regulatory Resource Centre (PiRRC) was held in July 2012 in Suva Fiji. Click here for the news coverage and interview with the PiRRC Director Mr. Aslam Hayat. Chair and CEO of LIRNEasia and Regulatory and Policy Expert to PiRRC, Prof. Rohan Samarajiva made a presentation on the […]

LIRNEasia responds to TRAI Draft Regulations on QoS Standards for Mobile Data Services

The Telecom Regulatory Authority of India (TRAI) recently released draft regulations on “Standards of Quality of Service for Mobile Data Services Regulations, 2012” (press release). LIRNEasia‘s response included recommendations on; (a) Advertising realistic speeds as opposed to the theoretical maximum (b) Carrying out tests at multiple times of the day, on multiple days of the week at least […]


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