TRAI Wants Telcos To Submit List Of Disconnected Numbers To Avoid Misuse

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TRAI has asked telecom operators (Airtel, Vodafone Idea, Reliance Jio, BSNL, and MTNL) to submit the list of disconnected mobile connections on the authority's website, every month. This move is aimed to ensure all banks and insurance companies will get a ready list of mobile numbers that are disconnected.

TRAI Wants Telcos To Submit List Of Disconnected Numbers

 

The regulator has also issued a statement saying the mobile numbers are re-allocated to others, after a certain time period. So, there are chances that people are not aware of a potential danger due to the reuse of mobile numbers.

"Mobile number, when surrendered or permanently disconnected, after a certain time period gets re-allocated to some other customer, but many service delivery platforms/ systems are not updated by the earlier customer, who may either not be using the service regularly and hence do not find a reason to update his mobile number, or due to lack of awareness of potential danger due to mobile number reuse, thus creating huge potential of an identity/profile take over on re-allocation of a mobile number," TRAI said in statement. TRAI also pointed out that there is no other platform by which stakeholders and banks can get information about the disconnected numbers.

Meanwhile, Economic Times reported that the TRAI wants telecom operators to report their new tariffs to the regulator, before taking any decision on the hike. The development comes after all telecom operators announced their plans to increase tariff rates from December 1, 2019.

"The regulator will wait and watch to see the finer details of the announcement. Let them report the tariffs, and we will see. Also, the tariffs are under forbearance," TRAI official was quoted by ET.

On the other hand, the Department of Telecom has already given permission to all telecom operators to improve their ARPU by increasing the tariff rates by 15-20 percent.

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