India’s Telecom Regulator to Improve Mobile Number Portability Using Blockchain

The Telecom Regulatory Authority of India (TRAI) wants to improve Mobile Number Portability (MNP) and Do Not Call (DNC) services using Blockchain Technology. The country’s regulator is partnering with IBM and some telecommunications operators. Their objective is to store mobile data on Blockchain to aid in traceability and transparency.

Improving MNP and DNC Services Through the Use of Blockchain

Service providers offer MNP, and it allows people to switch from one network carrier to another easily, but still maintain the same phone number. This is a service where operators of the porting network and that of the line to be ported to, will have to agree for the transaction to take place.
DNC, on the other hand, enables a customer to add their phone number to a registry of those that are not permitted to be called by telemarketers. Therefore, the regulator wants to monitor if the customer’s consent is usually granted when they request for such services. With DNC for instance, requests, as well as the service provider’s response, will be stored on Blockchain.

Blockchain’s Platform Has Completed its Pilot Phase

The Blockchain platform in this case recently underwent its pilot phase. It will be launched in the first quarter of 2019, where it will then be used to store customer requests about MNP and DNC after their consent has been sought. This will enable the telecom regulators to spot wrongdoings by call operators easily.
Based on reports, all the processes involved in ensuring this platform is ready for use has been put in place. This includes a proof of concept (PoC) of Blockchain and an evaluation of what the DLT can achieve. All that is left is for telecom service providers to “select IT vendors and set up systems by the Trai guidelines.”

IBM’s Blockchain Being Employed in Telecommunication Industry

Telefonica is a Spanish telecommunications company who partnered with IBM in November this year. The company plans on using the tech firm’s Blockchain platform in tracking international phone calls. The platform will help to determine call destinations and the rates that are to be applied. Moreover, all call operators will be able to access this data which brings about transparency.
IBM has been partnering with companies in different sectors of the economy. They collaborated with Seagate, a hardware manufacturer to combat fake hard drives. Seagate intends to manufacture its new hardware devices with a unique ID placed on them. These cryptographic IDs are then stored on Blockchain to aid in their traceability.

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