DoT, TRAI action against unregistered telemarketing cos

"There are a lot of unregistered telemarketing companies sending bulk SMSes and making calls to mobile customers. The Government has taken a serious note of it and will take stringent action against these people," Pilot told reporters here on the sidelines of his visit to the BSE.

"Regulator TRAI and DoT have taken up this matter seriously and stringent action can be expected in a few days," Pilot said.

He said though the misuse is at its peak, less than 10 per cent of the total mobile users have registered in the 'Do Not Call' registry in the country.

"Most of the mobile users haven't registered themselves with this facility," he said.
To avoid call drops, he said that the Ministry has given instructions to all operators to ensure quality of service.

As a huge market with 680-million users with an every- month addition of 16-18-million customers, the mobile device is going to change the lives of people in a big way, Pilot said.

"This hand-held device can be used for financial inclusion as only 40 per cent of mobile users in the country have bank accounts. The mobile phone is going to help to include the rest, to accommodate them in financial inclusion," he said.

From the just 2 per cent rural tele-density five-years ago, now India enjoys a rural tele-density of 27 per cent while the average tele-density is 57 per cent, Pilot said.

In metros like Mumbai, the tele-density is 140 per cent while in Delhi, it is 130 per cent, he said.

Pilot said that it is the promise of the Government to provide cheap, accessible and transparent technology to the common man and as a part of this, the Government is engaged in the herculean task of connecting all villages and panchayats in India with broadband by 2012.

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