The Telecom Regulatory Authority of India (Trai) has released a list of registered telemarketers and their short message service (SMS) codes used for unsolicited commercial communication (UCC) to subscribers. The list will help subscribers directly raise grievances against telemarketers who harass them through SMSes and calls.
Spam messages and calls by telemarketers such as bank and insurance agents, car salesmen and credit card sellers, among others, have troubled subscribers over the years, which have led to complaints by them to their respective telecom service providers.
Though Trai, over the years, has taken several actions such as unregistering, blacklisting and imposing penalty on telemarketers, it did not share their names and codes till now.
According to Trai, Bharti Airtel/Bharti Hexacom, Reliance Jio Infocomm, Vodafone Idea, Aircel/Dishnet Wireless, Bharat Sanchar Nigam Ltd (BSNL), Mahanagar Nigam Telephone Ltd (MTNL), Reliance Communication, Tata Teleservices/ Tata Teleservices (Mah), Reliance Telecom, Quadrant Televentures and V-CON Mobile & Infra are the only services providers, or access providers, in the country that facilitate telemarketers.