Ever heard of the word “Robocall”? Here’s what you need to know.
Robocall is an automated telephone call that delivers a recorded message, typically on behalf of a political party or telemarketing company. Some robocalls use personalized audio messages to simulate an actual personal phone call.
Robocalls have been an increasing dilemma in the US. Last year, it was reported that over 48 billion users are getting a robocall. This issue led to the rise of more robocall blocking apps.
Trying to fight the danger of robocall is AT&T and T-Mobile who announced a partnership to protect its users. As part of the said tie-up, the two giant carriers will roll out new call authentication services for their users.
The call verification is based on the SHAKEN/STIR (Secure Telephony Identity Revisited/ Secure Handling of Asserted information using toKENs) code – a protocol that the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) has been building on. The new authentication service will let the companies notify their customers if the caller is the true number of the user or if it is just a trickery robocall.
Following the partnership announcement, Ajit Pai, Chairman of FCC, officially suggest the T-Mobile/Sprint merger consent.