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An end has to come to the ‘unsolicited messages’ we get from the MTN, AIRTEL, GLO and Etisalat

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Are you tired of the numerous unsolicited messages you get from the different network providers everyday, then read on!

The
Nigerian Communications Commission (NCC) has said it would not hesitate to
penalize network providers that failed to keep its regulation on
unsolicited messages to subscribers.
Tony Ojobo, the Director, Public Affairs, NCC, made the statement on Wednesday in Abuja in an interview with the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN).
He said the commission would not support
network providers to send unsolicited messages to subscribers on the
ground that it infringed on the privacy.
He said that the commission was working tirelessly to ensure that such services are being curbed.
“The issue of unsolicited messages has posed a challenge which the commission has been contending with till today.
“An unsolicited text message gives a
subscriber no choice to receive or not, so the commission had to
intervene within the limits of its enabling laws and regulation.
“We have had series of meeting with the
stakeholders and telecom operators on this issue; we cannot deny the
fact that we had received series of complaints from subscribers; we are
quite aware of it.
“We are in the process of Vast Technical
Frame Work to keep track of those sending this unsolicited messages and
to see that they are properly sanctioned,’’ Ojobo said.
He said that the commission would
sanction network providers appropriately once they were able to identify
the source of such unsolicited messages.
He added that some of the sources were untraceable for now because they were being sent through the internet.
“To protect the interest of the
subscribers, the NCC in the past, has been able to protect and stop
unsolicited messages whose sources we were able to identify.
“Those issues I believe will be resolved very soon with the series of meetings we are having with the telecom providers.
He said that the commission would not
fail to also penalize any erring Value Added Service provider (VAS) that
failed to comply with the commission’s guideline on unsolicited Short
Messaging Services (SMS)to subscribers.
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