Un­so­licited SMS: NCC to pe­nalise 2,442 de­fault­ers

Daily Trust - - BUSINESS - By Zakariyya Adaramola

The Nige­rian Com­mu­ni­ca­tion Com­mis­sion (NCC) has said it would strictly en­force the 2442 DoNot-Dis­turb short code, seek­ing to bar un­so­licited calls and short mes­sages from com­ing to sub­scribers’ mo­bile lines.

The reg­u­la­tory agency had given the op­er­a­tors up to July 1, 2016, to ac­ti­vate the DO NOT DIS­TURB fa­cil­ity which gives sub­scribers the free­dom to choose what mes­sages to re­ceive from the var­i­ous net­works.

Daily Trust had re­ported ex­clu­sively on Fri­day that only MTN Nige­ria had started its im­ple­men­ta­tion.

Yes­ter­day, Mr. Tony Ojobo, Di­rec­tor of Pub­lic Af­fairs, Nige­rian Com­mu­ni­ca­tions Com­mis­sion (NCC), in a state­ment, said the com­mis­sion would in­voke a reg­u­la­tory pro­vi­sion to deal de­cid­edly with op­er­a­tors that flout the di­rec­tive.

But Ojobo pointed out how­ever that the de­ci­sion of the com­mis­sion does not af­fect per­sonal mes­sages or per­son to per­son mes­sages which are pri­vate com­mu­ni­ca­tion by in­di­vid­u­als.

He urged the op­er­a­tors to com­ply im­me­di­ately with the direc­tion is­sued by the com­mis­sion and never again ha­rass sub­scribers with un­wanted mes­sages.

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