The Division of Telecommunications on Monday ordered telecom operators to report the GPS coordinates of bulk subscribers who buy ten or extra connections concurrently. That is on high of the half-yearly inspection of bulk subscribers required by DoT since 2012. For current subscribers, the DoT order mentioned, the GPS location needs to be captured throughout these inspections. The order mentioned that these new guidelines had been based mostly on suggestions from safety companies.

The division additionally advised telcos to eradicate “gibberish” entries in bulk subscribers’ buyer software varieties. For subscribers utilizing digital KYC, DoT mentioned, the identical alternate quantity can’t be used for registering a SIM greater than 9 instances.

We have now reached out to the Mobile Operators Affiliation of India for touch upon the brand new guidelines.

Bulk SIM fraud

In 2011, Airtel, Vodafone and Concept had been fined Rs 50 crore every for promoting bulk connections to Matrix, an organization that resells subscriptions to vacationers going overseas from India. The Telecom Dispute Settlement and Appellate Tribunal later overturned that superb, and advised DoT to refund the telcos, with curiosity. In 2014, the DoT mentioned it will enchantment the choice, however it’s unclear in the event that they did so.

Including GPS coordinates to addresses may make it simpler for regulation enforcement companies to trace down rogue subscribers in case the tackle supplied throughout registration is invalid. It may also assist curb spam, if such SIMs are being resold to fraudsters or spammers elsewhere. In December, police in Madhya Pradesh busted a bulk SIM promoting racket the place over 7,000 SIM playing cards had been registered fraudulently on a bulk foundation and resold throughout the nation.