TRAI plans to introduce Truecaller-like caller ID feature soon

If you are tired of getting spam calls then don't worry as the Telecom Regulatory Authority of India (TRAI) may soon introduce a Truecaller-like caller ID feature. 

The system would enable a KYC-based caller name to flash on the screen when you get a call from someone. 

The government of India, with its latest caller id scheme, aims to replace Truecaller in the country, which offers similar services.

Truecaller displays the name of the caller, even if the person’s name has not been added to the contact list. 

However, the name which Truecaller shows is not based on the KYC. Truecaller displays the name that has been set by the user or other users. 

The information that is obtained by such apps is crowdsourced, so the authenticity of such apps is questionable.

The Department of Telecom (DoT) has given a nod to the TRAI to start work on the caller id feature. 

As per PTI TRAI Chairman PD Vaghela, the regulator is expected to begin work on the feature in a couple of months. 

Vaghela said that, We have just received a reference, and we will start work on this soon. The name as per KYC will appear when someone calls. 

He added that, The mechanism will enable name-appearing on a phone screen, in accordance with KYC done by telecom companies, as per DoT norms.

The caller ID feature will not be forced upon the users. The TRAI says that it is going to be a consent-based, voluntary programme. 

The subscriber will have the power to decide whether or not to have their names displayed. This will keep spam calls at bay.

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