Breaking Down India's Telecom Revolution: Telecommunication Bill 2023
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Major Change in Telecom Rules:
India's government has just passed a big law called the Telecommunication Bill 2023.
Steps to Approval:
The bill got approval from Lok Sabha on 20th December and recently from Rajya Sabha on 21st December. Now, it's going to the President for the final approval.
Strict Rules for SIM Cards:
The new law says you can only get a SIM card after proving who you are with biometric identification. If you get a fake SIM, you could end up spending 3 years in jail and paying a fine of up to Rs 50 lakh.
Telecom Companies' New Job:
The bill makes it compulsory for telecom companies to check your identity using biometrics before giving you a SIM card.
Government's Power Boost:
If there's a national security issue, the government can now take control, manage, or even suspend any telecom service or network. This includes the power to intercept messages during war-like situations.
Replacing Old Laws: The Telecommunication Bill is like a superhero replacing the old and outdated Indian Telegraph Act (138 years old) that used to govern the telecom sector. It's also replacing The Indian Wireless Telegraph Act 1933 and making changes to the TRAI Act 1997.
Protecting Against Fake SIMs:
To stop people from using fake SIMs, the new law brings in strict penalties. This helps in making sure that everyone using a SIM card is doing so legally.
Government's Interception Power:
In times of crisis or war, the government can now listen in on messages sent through the telecom network. This gives them an extra tool to keep the country safe.
Telecom Sector Update:
This new law is like a software update for the telecom sector. It's making everything more secure and efficient.
Future of Connectivity: As the Telecommunication Bill becomes law, it's changing the way we connect. Stay tuned to see how these new rules will shape the future of communication in India.