Blockchain players beat gold and bitcoin in the pandemic
Elwood Asset Management LLP’s Blockchain Global Equity Index — ticker: BLOCK — is a collection of 45 companies involved in the blockchain ecosystem, a technology that deploys cryptography to store information in distributed ledgers and is resistant to modification or manipulation.
Largest hike ever: Telemarketers cry foul as telcos hike bulk SMS fees by 25%-30%
“This is a fairly steep hike by telcos and may directly impact marketing budgets in almost every sector such as banking, retail, e-commerce, delivery apps etc who send millions of transactional, promotional and service messages to their customers every day,” said Anurag Aggarwal, director – messaging services at Tata Communications.
High Court gives Trai, operators six weeks to show progress in curbing pesky calls
Paytm’s parent company One97 Communications had approached the court, accusing Trai, Reliance Jio, Vodafone Idea, Bharti Airtel and state-run Bharat Sanchar Nigam of not doing enough to curb pesky calls and messages and phishing attempts. It sought Rs 100 crore in damages for the failure of the operators, which had caused it financial and reputational loss.
Telcos back 50 paise/spam SMS regime
TRAI had said that despite the higher charge on SMS, the complaints of UCC were on a rise and thus the regime for charging for SMSes should be brought under forbearance. In 2018, TRAI had mandated telcos to adopt distributed ledger technology (DLT) with ‘permissioned and private DLT networks’ where only identified and registered users can participate.