Pesky calls: Over 25,000 entities blacklisted

Aug 24 2013, 03:14 IST
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SummaryAs per Trai guidelines, only registered telemarketers can make promotional or marketing calls.

Over 25,000 entities have been blacklisted for making pesky calls and SMSes and they will not get a phone connection for the next two years, telecom minister Kapil Sibal said today.

“A total of about three lakh telephone connections of un-registered telemarketers have been disconnected by the access service providers and the name and address of 25,295 such subscribers have been put in the blacklist,” he said in the Rajya Sabha.

As per Trai guidelines, only registered telemarketers can make promotional or marketing calls and only to those numbers which are not registered with do-not-disturb list.

The registered telemarketers have been allocated special number series, starting with 140 for making commercial calls. However, consumers get a large number of calls and SMSes from unregistered telemarketers. As per the data shared by the minister, 3,76,884 complaints were made till February 14, 2013.

Sibal said if unregistered telemarketers violate regulations their telecom resources, including phone and Internet connections, stand to get disconnected.

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