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Illegal calling: System being designed to fight grey traffic

September 2, 2014

In a bid to curb grey traffic, an operating system is being designed to collect and analyse data from various sources and provide effective solutions to reduce revenue loss.

The system will consist of four major building blocks whose purpose will be to collect data, analyse it, report in in a meaningful format and use the results to monitor the traffic. The system will be installed at the Pakistan Internet Exchange (PIE).

National ICT Research and Development Fund a subsidiary of the Ministry of Information Technology and Telecommunication is executing the project in collaboration with Comsats Institute of IT (CIIT), Islamabad at a cost of Rs13.51 million.

Officials said the project called the Automatic Monitoring and Detection System (AMDS) for grey traffic is being executed in two phases. In the first phase, training will be provided and then a real-time system will be installed at PIE.

The process will begin at the CIIT campus, after which the project will proceed towards step two when the system will be installed. After the installation, it will be tested in a real-time environment before being properly launched.

Grey routes can be identified in terminating networks. Normally, heavy load in certain network areas or short voice calls or incomplete call information indicates grey traffic. Grey telephony causes an estimated loss of over Rs3 billion annually.

Published in The Express Tribune, September 3rd, 2014.

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Source: Express Tribune (Pakistan)

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