Pesky calls, SMSes: Rs 5.04 cr fine imposed on 13 telcos
The fine was imposed on Airtel, Aircel, Vodafone, Idea , Reliance Communications, Tata Teleservices, Unitech Wireless, Videocon Telecommunications, SSLT, BSNL, MTNL, Quadrant Televentures and Loop Telecom.
New Delhi: Sectoral regulator TRAI has imposed a total fine of Rs 5.04 crore on 13 telecom operators for non-compliance with regulations relating to unsolicited commercial communications, Parliament was informed Wednesday.
The Telecom Regulatory Authority of India (TRAI) has laid down a revised framework for addressing unsolicited commercial communications (UCC) and these regulations came into force with effect from September 27, 2011, Minister of State for Communications and IT Milind Deora said in a written reply to Lok Sabha.
He added the regulator has also issued various amendments to these regulations to make the framework more effective.
"In accordance with the provisions of this regulation, TRAI has imposed financial disincentive of Rs 5,04,06,000 till date on the service providers," Deora said.
He said financial disincentive was imposed on Bharti Airtel, Aircel, Vodafone Essar, Idea Cellular, Reliance Communications, Tata Teleservices, Unitech Wireless, Videocon Telecommunications, Sistema Shyam Teleservices, BSNL, MTNL, Quadrant Televentures and Loop Telecom.
"Out of this amount, Rs 25,000 has been levied on MTNL as financial disincentive for violation of the regulations," Deora said.
He said TRAI's regulatory interventions have largely tempered the menace of UCC, however, UCC (SMSes or calls) from persons not registered as telemarketers with Trai has not ceased.
"Such individuals deliberately masquerade themselves as "normal subscribers" even though their primary purpose for obtaining telecom resources is for telemarketing activities," he added.
He said Trai has disconnected 4,17,898 telephone connections of unregistered telemarketers from September 27, 2011 to October 31, 2013.
"260 notices have been sent to registered telemarketers with deduction in their security deposit from September 27, 2011 to October 31, 2013," he added.
Deora said 17 registered telemarketers have been blacklisted from September 27, 2011 to October 31, 2013 whereas 1,45,696 unregistered telemarketers have been blacklisted for two years till October 31, 2013.