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To fight fraud, TRAI releases new criteria for mobile number portability

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<p>New mobile number portability (MNP) rules have been released by the Telecom Regulatory Authority of India (TRAI), and they will go into effect on July 1. The action is a part of the campaign against SIM switch fraud, which is common in India. Users will not be permitted to transfer to a new SIM card during the next seven days if they bought a new SIM card after receiving a new one as a result of theft or damage.<br />
Background and implementation: According to TRAI, talks with different stakeholders and suggestions from the Department of Telecommunications (DoT) led to the changes. The rules are expected to go into effect on July 1.</p>
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<p>The purpose of the changes<br />
TRAI emphasised that the revisions are intended to address fraudulent operations like SIM swapping or replacements that are carried out by dishonest organisations.</p>
<p>Strengthened security protocols<br />
Furthermore, by forbidding telecom carriers from providing a “unique porting code” (UPC) prior to the expiry of seven days after SIM replacement, TRAI has imposed more stringent security measures. Users get an 8-digit code from their current telecom provider known as the UPC, which is an essential step in the mobile number migration procedure.</p>
<p>Justification for the modifications<br />
While TRAI has not offered specific insights on how fraudsters are taking advantage of the present system, a lot of studies indicate that a significant percentage of SIM switching fraud happens during mobile number porting and new SIM processes.</p>
<p>The importance of portability for mobile numbers<br />
If customers are unhappy with their current service provider, they may transfer to a new telecom operator, regardless of where they are, thanks to mobile number portability. TRAI, however, was forced to propose these changes due to the recent abuse of MNP rules.</p>
<p>It is expected that these modifications would fortify security protocols and reduce fraudulent activity in the process of mobile number porting, therefore protecting the interests of both telecom operators and customers.</p>


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