SIM Swap Fraud: The mobile operator will be required to share the demographic details of the user seeking MNP with the porting operator.
SIM Swap Fraud: The telecom regulator has suggested changes in the mobile number portability rules, with these suggestions an attempt is being made to stop SIM swap fraud. A notification has been issued by TRAI on Wednesday, in which suggestions have been sought from users for telecom number portability till October 25, 2023.
After the implementation of TRAI’s new rules, telecom companies will have to be more careful than before while porting from one network to another. Apart from this, they will now have to check that the number for which the application for porting has come has 10 SIM swap or replacement has been requested days ago. If this is found then the number will not be ported.
TRAI asked questions to users for porting the number
TRAI has issued a list of some questions before porting the number, regarding which TRAI has sought suggestions from the users, in which TRAI has asked, “Is there any Unique Porting Code (UPC) in respect of any mobile connection? ) which has undergone the process of SIM swap/replacement/upgradation? Please provide detailed response with justification.
On the other hand, the mobile operator will be required to share the demographic details of the user seeking MNP with the porting operator. This information will be matched by the porting operator with the information provided by the users. If any flaw is found in it, then your number will not be ported.
Why is this change being made
The Department of Telecommunications is trying to prevent SIM-swap, cheating and fraud through these changes. TRAI said, “The above proposal of DoT was discussed in a meeting with Wireless Access Providers and Mobile Number Portability Service Providers (MNPSPs) at TRAI, New Delhi on May 22, 2023.”