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Jamaican Networks Collaborate to Reduce Call Bypass Traffic

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Two Jamaican mobile networks, Lime and Digicel have jointly announced a partnership to clamp down on "bypass calls", which they say costs them hundreds of millions of dollars in lost revenues each year.

Throughout this month, the two networks will deploy monitoring systems to detect calls that they suspect are bypassing traffic.

"Bypass activity occurs when an international call circumvents the international switching network of a licensed voice carrier by alternate or illegal routes. The fraudulent call appears as, among other things, a local number to avoid legitimate charges and results in Jamaica losing significant foreign exchange, tax revenue and Universal Service Levy Funds while also impacting the revenues available to legitimate operators to further invest in their networks for the good of customers," the companies said in a joint statement.

The system will interupt voice calls that are suspected of using traffic bypass methods, and ask the caller to enter a short number code on their handset to verify that the caller is human.

Once the caller is verified, the call will resume. Customers will not be charged for the duration of the call interruption.

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