Telecom regulations tightened to combat border crimes

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The measures, which are part of a government effort to clamp down on cybercrime, demand that operators submit regular updates every seven days on their compliance.

The National Broadcasting and Telecommunications Commission (NBTC) is intensifying efforts to combat crimes facilitated by the misuse of mobile telecom signals along the nation’s borders. In response to increasing criminal activities such as call center scams and online illegal gambling, which have been negatively impacting the economy, security, and international relations, the NBTC has enacted stringent control measures on the use of mobile signals.



In a recent urgent assembly with private telecom operators, the NBTC has mandated the adjustment or removal of mobile signal directions to ensure that coverage is confined strictly within Thailand’s borders. This directive aims to prevent criminals residing near border areas from accessing these signals for illicit purposes. Telecom operators are also required to monitor and report any unusually high internet traffic, particularly in areas known for these unlawful activities.




These measures, which are part of a government effort to clamp down on cybercrime, demand that operators submit regular updates every seven days on their compliance. This regulatory action follows a national directive issued on April 1, calling for decisive action and visible outcomes in the fight against rampant online fraud, a growing concern reflected in the recent increase in online fraud complaints across the country. (NNT)