At last, Nigeria communication commission(NCC) is out to battle MTN and other network providers for spam messages and calls they usually disturb your peace with.
According to a report from Leadership newspaper, NCC has address the issue of spam messages and calls with a Fine of N5m for any network operator that sends unsolicited messages or calls to its subscribers. The regulatory body introduced a general unique number which is to be used to opt out of all the marketing text messages. NCC said they will sanction any telco that refuses to abide or implement the shortcode of 2442 for subscribers to opt-in to the “Do Not Disturb” (DND) database which stops spam marketing messages on or before the 30th of June.
“NCC in a letter dated April 19, 2016 warned MTN, Airtel, Globacom, Etisalat, Smile, Natcoms (Ntel), Visafone, Starcomms, Multilinks, Gamjitel, Danjay Telecoms, Gicell Wireless Ltd and Megatech Engineering Ltd that they should implement the DND restricting telemarketing their MSISDNs including the use of web-based solutions as opt-out measures.
The regulator said it shall be mandatory for mobile operators to create sufficient awareness to its subscribers on the existence of the DND on their networks; that they shall also comply with the quarterly and reporting template prescribed by the NCC to ensure feedback and compliance”.
You can still receive a Unsolicited text but must comply with the 8am to 8pm stipulation (12 hour period). NCC has taken a big step to make Nigerians smiles and have their airtime intact