Phases Of DLT

What are the Phases of DLT?

Telecom Regulatory Authority of India (TRAI) in its continuous endeavor to create a cleaner and transparent system in the Indian telecom industry has released a new regulation in July 2018 to curb Unsolicited Commercial Communication (UCC) and enhance mobile subscriber privacy, TCCCPR 18 Telecom Commercial Communications Customer Preference Regulation 2018, The Regulation is intended to eliminate spam and fraud which has been a concern for many years. The regulation has mandated the use of Blockchain technology also known as Distributed Ledger Technology (DLT) to implement the solution.

Blockchain and Distributed Ledger Technologies (DLT) is to be deployed to develop a marketplace enabling stakeholders (Operators, Delivery Partners, Telemarketers, and Enterprises) to transact and exchange value with trust based upon smart provenance and governance. These technologies provide a secure, decentralized audit infrastructure. A distributed ledger marketplace can store such transactions (who uses what) in an immutable environment.

As per the telecom commercial communication customer preference regulation 2018 (TCCCPR 2018), The DLT platform must be deployed across the telecom operators in India. As per the TRAI regulation on the domestic A2P messaging, all messages should pass through the DLT platform so that stakeholders can manage unsolicited commercial communications and can comply with guidelines.

DLT implementation is a tedious task to deploy during active communication, currently there are 30+ billion A2P messages are being processed month on month basis in India. Therefore, the implementation is planned in such a way that multiple phases will cover all functionality of DLT in step by step process without hampering these humongous amount of messaging transactions.

Registration of Business Entity

It is the very first step and known as phase 1, wherein every business entity who involved in A2P messaging be it Delivery partners, Telemarketers, or Enterprises should register themselves on DLT platform. The step by step process is as below:

Step 1:

Go to any of the below links and register yourself

  1. Airtel
  2. BSNL
  3. Jio
  4. MTNL
  5. Tata
  6. VIDEOCON
  7. Vodafone

While registering please keep below documents handy for account approval:

  1. Company PAN Card
  2. GST
  3. LOA
  4. ID of authorized personnel
Step 2:

Once you registered on any of the above Telcom operator you will get an entity ID on account approval. Please take that entity id and register on other portals with the help of same approved entity ID.

Message Header Registration

Once your account has been approved and active you are good to go for Sender ID or Message Header registration by following step by step process.

Step 1:

Login into to DLT portal using unique account credentials provided by respective telecom operator at the time of registration.

Step 2:

Sender ID or Message Header needs to be registered at any of one portal and it will sync automatically by itself across all other portals.

Step 3:

Please use Alpha sender id (6 character) for: transactional, service implicit and service explicit, while 6 character numeric for promotional.

Aside sender id should make some sense with your entity name or any of product you own, otherwise it won’t get approved. Generic sender ids aren’t allowed for anyone. Once sender ids approved make sure you push traffic through those sender ids only and traffic coming via any other sender id will drop.

Message Template Registration

Once you are done with header registration the next phase would be to provide or approve message templates. Please gather all your templates/ message content and start uploading them under different categories i.e Transactional/Service Implicit/Service Explicit/Promotional. Aside for Service explicit and Promotional Messages a special template named as consent template need to be uploaded and approved.

You need to upload these templates at any one for the DLT platform and templates will get synced across all other DLT portals or platforms.

Follow below steps to upload transactional and service implicit templates:

  1. Login to the portal using your account credentials provided by operator.
  2. Go to the template section and select the Template type i.e. Transactional or Service Implicit.
  3. Select all the sender IDs with which you want to link a template with.
  4. Provide template name (place a unique name for each template for your reference) & select Template message type such as Text or Unicode.
  5. Provide the template content, use the push button named “Insert Variable” to place variables (1 variable is of 20 characters accordingly choose no of variables required).
  6. Save the template to send to approval to DLT registrar.

Follow below steps to upload service explicit and promotional templates:

  1. Login to the portal using your account credentials provided by operator.
  2. Go to consent template section provide the details an upload consent template and save wait till it get approved by DLT registrar.
  3. Go to the template section and select the Template type i.e. Service Explicit or Promotional.
  4. Select all the sender IDs with which you want to link a template with.
  5. Select the approved consent template with which you want to link a message content with.
  6. Provide template name (place a unique name for each template for your reference) & select Template message type such as Text or Unicode.
  7. Provide the template content, use the push button named “Insert Variable” to place variables (1 variable is of 20 characters accordingly choose no of variables required).
  8. Save the template to send to approval to DLT registrar.