• In the face of new bulk SMS regulations, Indians are opting for a government-run blockchain platform

  • After authorities imposed new regulations to protect consumers from spam and fraud, India’s state-owned telecom Bharat Sanchar Nigam Limited (BSNL) has registered 7,477 businesses on its blockchain-based communication platform.

    The Telecom Regulatory Authority of India (TRAI) enacted messaging regulations that require scrubbing consumer communication messages to ensure that the recipient has consented to such interactions. BSNL DLT, a content verification platform based on ledger-based blockchain protocols, is supporting the drive.

    Because the SMS regulation applies to all industry verticals, banks, educational institutions, and private businesses are among the 7,477 registrations. According to reports, the TRAI had issued a warning about blocking non-compliant entities’ communications, saying:

    “Those who have not streamlined their SMS process will receive no reason, consideration, or extension from the Telecom Regulatory Authority of India. Allow their businesses to fail completely.”

    SMS screening against pre-registered messaging templates hosted on the blockchain will be required of businesses using BSNL DLT. In the event of a mismatch, the message will be blocked by the company’s telecom provider, who will respect the consumer’s right to privacy.

    The Indian Institute of Technology Madras (IITM), a state-run university, has joined 38 global organizations to govern the Hedera public ledger as a member of the Hedera Governing Council, demonstrating India’s commitment to blockchain adoption.

    According to IITM’s Center for Nondestructive Evaluation’s professor Prabhu Rajagopal, the institution will test use cases for public blockchains in the areas of payments, healthcare, industry, and digital media.

    On July 27, we reported that LegitDoc, a tamper-proof credentialing system based on the Ethereum blockchain, had been used to verify diploma certificates at a large Indian institute. Other Indian universities are currently investigating and implementing similar strategies.

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