New Telecom Bill 2023 now punishes SIM frauds with jail terms

The central government brings the new Telecom Bill 2023 in parliament. The New Telecom Bill 2023 now punishes SIM frauds with jail terms. Many new terms are included in this bill which increases the punishments for fraud and fake documents.

Acquiring SIM fraudulently using someone else’s identity proof will now be punishable.

Three years imprisonment / fifty lakh rupees penalty for acquiring SIM using fake/forged documents. This punishment may decrease use of forged documents in the SIM business.

Three years imprisonment / fifty lakh rupees penalty for spoofing of telephone numbers. The penalty of fifty lakh rupees will break down the backbone of telephone spoofing.

Three years imprisonment / fifty lakh rupees penalty on using telecom service via SIM Box etc.

Focus on user protection*

• “Do Not Disturb” register gets a legal mandate to protect users from unsolicited commercial (spam) messages and calls.

• Online grievance redressal mechanism for addressing grievances of users.

Spectrum reforms

1885 Act contains no mention of spectrum. Definition of spectrum clearly mentioned in the Bill.

Auction to be the preferred mode for assignment of spectrum

cases where auction is not the preferred mode of assignment due to technical or economic reasons: backhaul, satellite etc*.

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