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A new telecom law implemented, a fine of Rs 50 lakh and imprisonment of so many years for buying SIM card in the wrong way


With the implementation of the Telecom Act 2023 across India from June 26, there has been a significant change in the telecom sector. Under this law passed in Parliament last December, no citizen is allowed to have more than 9 SIM cards in his lifetime. Violations like using more SIM cards than the permitted number can attract a fine ranging from ₹ 50,000 to ₹ 2 lakh. Apart from this, obtaining a SIM card using a fake identity can lead to imprisonment of up to 3 years and a fine of up to ₹ 50 lakh.

Under the new telecom law, the government now has the right to suspend the network if needed. Apart from this, it can also block messages under certain circumstances. Apart from this, the government has further strengthened its powers by replacing the 138-year-old Indian Telegraph Act and the Indian Wireless Telegraphy Act 1933.

Several amendments have been made to the Telecom Act 2023, which empowers the government to exercise control over telecommunication services and management in case of emergency or wartime situations. It empowers the government to suspend services and block message transmission for national security reasons.

To deal with the problem of spam calls, the new law orders telecom companies to take strict measures. They will have to obtain consent from users before sending any promotional messages and establish an online system for users to effectively lodge complaints.

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