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DoT asks telcos to bar SMS for 24 hrs on new SIM cards

The Department of Telecommunications (DoT) has notified instructions for issuing new SIM cards in case of swapping/ replacement of SIM cards.

As per the order, the SMS facility on numbers requesting SIM swap will be barred for 24 hours after activation on new cards.

“In this regard, undersigned is directed to convey the approval of competent authority that in case of SIM swapping/replacement, in addition to the process mentioned in instructions dated 01.08.2016, the SMS facility (both incoming and outgoing) shall be barred for 24 hours on new SIM card of the subscriber after activation,” the DoT order said.

The telecom operators have been provided 15 days to implement the new guidelines.

CT Bureau

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