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These Calls to get A New Number Series For Easy Identification

Department of telecommunications (DoT) has approved Telecom Regulatory Authority of India’s (Trai) proposal to assign a different series of phone numbers to companies for service-related commercial calls, which are not for promotional purposes.

Serving the public

Objective is to help subscribers distinguish between genuine commercial calls and promotional ones.

The issue at present is that amid an increase in spam and fraudulent calls, subscribers reject calls even from their banks, which may be service-related or assistance, or from product servicing companies.

Separate number series based on requirement

The phone number series will be issued to principal entities (businesses like banks) based on their requirement, for which Trai will soon come up with guidelines.

The new series will work as an identifier for them and will be displayed on phone screens at the time of the call.

Currently, the ‘140’ number series has been issued to telemarketing companies, but there’s no distinction between firms delivering services and those for commercial purposes.

Time extension

Meanwhile, Trai has given more time to telecom operators to implement its earlier directions to stop misuse of headers and message templates.

The regulator has not made any formal announcement for this but compliance will take at least two to three weeks.

It is an ongoing process and the regulator will conduct another meeting with telcos next week to check on the progress.

Delayed compliance

In February, Trai directed telcos to block all unverified and unused headers and templates within 30 days and 60 days, respectively.

The deadline to comply with the directions was April 16.

However, banking and financial institutions, which constitute the majority of the spam and fraudulent messages, have delayed compliance due to fiscal year closure related business.

They sought time till April-end.



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