Telecom operators fined Rs 2923 crore for breaking mobile number issuance norms

The parliament was informed that the telecom ministry has fined Rs 2,923 crore on the telecom operators for discrepancies in adhering to mobile number issuance norms. This fine has been imposed over a period of the last 7 years. The new telecom minister Ravi Shankar Prasad has stated that about 1.92 lakh connections were issued without proper norms being adhered to.

These connections were issued on forged or fake documents as per the telecom minister. The telecom minister stated that May, 2014 approximately 4.67 crore Customer Acquisition Forms had been audited by Telecom Enforcement Resource and Monitoring (TERM) cell and out of these, about 28 lakh were found to be non–compliant with the norms for issuing new connections.

The discrepancies which were found out were photo or document proof, subscriber’s acquisition based on forged or fake documents, pre-activated mobile connections, more than 9 connections to an individual in one service area so on and so forth. The TERM cell had detected about 550 illegal telecom operations as on May 31,2014 reports ET .

With the telecom ministry tightening the noose around the operators, they are bound to increase the strictness in issuing new connections.

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July 15, 2014 8:30 pm 8:30 PM
Strict action and new fool proof methods need to brought in for new number issuance getting a connection should be strict as this is also a threat to the security of the should not be given more than 2 number why 9 fail to understand what’s the intra operability between operators on understanding the 9 numbers.there should be thumb impression and also some other bio metrics to get a connection so the same cannot be used again or can be forged by others. Aadhar can be option for this special license for the retailers should be mandatory for selling… Read more »
July 16, 2014 11:23 am 11:23 AM
TRAI should come up with a portal where everyone could see how many numbers are owned by us and what are those numbers. There are several cases where Retailers copy one set of documents with photo, submitted by a person for one connection, and use the copies for getting several connections. After that, the retailer sells those SIMs at 100 or 50 rs more without document to any one. This process is very dangerous, and should be strictly stopped. The retailers say that they get huge commission for selling more new connections, that’s why they follow this route. There should… Read more »
July 16, 2014 11:11 am 11:11 AM
Why one should not be given more than 2 numbers? I use all 9 numbers from different operators with different tariff plans, so that I can always enjoy quality service at cheapest rate. Like for internet, I mostly use Aircel, as it provides the cheapest 3G internet with best speed here, but on weekends, Aircel 3G network becomes very slow, so I use Reliance or BSNL 3G on weekends as they provide good speed on weekends at cheap rates. Sometimes I use Vodafone 3G for important tasks, as Vodafone provides quality service but the rates are too high. I use… Read more »