TRAI To Fight Nuisance Calls With Blockchain
India’s telecoms scrutineer is planning to use blockchain technology to battle unnecessary calls and SMS messages.
On Tuesday, the Telecom Regulatory Authority of India (TRAI) issued a draft control denoting its purpose to use the new tech in proving a more “agile” procedure to deal with spontaneous commercial communications like messages and calls from “unscrupulous elements” who avoid current frameworks set up to manage the issue.
TRAI’s mission is to create and nurture conditions for growth of telecommunications in the country in a manner and at a pace which will enable India to play a leading role in emerging global information society. One of the main objectives of TRAI is to provide a fair and transparent policy environment which promotes a level playing field and facilitates fair competition.
The draft – called “Telecom Commercial Communications Customer Preference Regulations, 2018” – is proposed to enable a huge number of Indian subscribers to take control of voice calls and messages that they receive, giving them the option to move in or out of marketing communications whenever they want and more authority to complain to their telecom providers about problematic third-parties.
TRAI is initiating the acceptance of distributed ledger technology for the new system to “enforce regulatory compliance while allowing innovation in the market,”, as per a note to the media. It states that the cryptographically secure and alter-proof technology has been functional elsewhere.
TRAI further said:
“It appears to be the first instance anywhere in the world to use [blockchain] technology at such a scale in the telcom sector.”
Additionally, the suggested regulation recommends empowering through a regulatory “sandbox,” where solutions to new technology are first shown before being conveyed for the utilization of real-world.
TRAI chairman R.S. Sharma feels positive about this initiative and believes that consumers will be able to take much better control on the situation of unnecessary calls and messages. The draft will be open for public feedback until June 11.