Trai seeks ways to boost telcos’ USSD channel for financial inclusion

KOLKATA: The telecom regulator has floated a consultation paper seeking suggestions on ways to boost usage levels of the USSD or “Unstructured Supplementary Service Data (USSD) communication channel of telcos for delivering basic banking services through mobile phones, and in turn, boosting financial inclusion.

The USSD channel, which is a critical piece of a mobile carrier’s infrastructure, is a simple interactive text messaging system.

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