The Telecom Regulatory Authority of India to Use Blockchain to Combat Unsolicited Commercial Communications


The Telecom Regulatory Authority of India (TRAI) wants to use blockchain to combat unsolicited commercial communications, reported Coindesk on May 30.

On May 29, Indian telecoms watchdog issued a draft regulation announcing it is planning to use the emerging technology to offer a more “agile” process to deal with nuisance calls and SMS messages.

The draft regulation called “Telecom Commercial Communications Customer Preference Regulations, 2018” aims to give million of Indian subscribers to have a better control on voice calls and text messages that they receive. They will have the chance to opt in or out at any time of marketing communications and their power of complaisance to telecom providers will be enhanced for unscrupulous solicitors.

The TRAI expressed that the use of a distributed ledger technology for the new system will “enforce regulatory compliance while allowing innovation in the market,” explaining that the cryptographically secure tech’s utility has been demonstrated in other cases.

The TRAI stated,

“It appears to be the first instance anywhere in the world to use [blockchain] technology at such a scale in the telecom sector.”

The group also recommends putting in place a regulatory “sandbox” where new technology applications would be tested before to be deployed to the entire world.

R.S. Sharma, TRAI chairman, mentioned,

“Blockchain will ensure two things non-repudiative and confidentiality. Only those authorized … will be able to access subscriber details and only when they need to deliver service.”


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