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Wednesday, July 06, 2016

Enforcement of 2442 DO NOT DISTURB Short Code commences says NCC

Apex telecom regulator, the Nigerian Communications Commission has commenced the implementation of the ‘2442 Do Not Disturb’ short code, reports ITRealms.

Disclosing this, Director of Public Affairs, Nigerian Communications Commission (NCC), Mr. Tony Ojobo, said that this follows a direction to the telecommunications service providers in the country, the operators, to commence from July 1, 2016, activate the DO NOT DISTURB facility which gives subscribers the freedom to choose what messages to receive from the various networks, if any.

He said that with this direction the operators have been mandated to dedicate a common Short Code (2442) which will enable subscribers take informed decisions, stressing that this action was taken in order to protect subscribers from the nuisance of unsolicited texts, and therefore a direct regulatory response to the yearnings of the subscribers.

By this action, he explained, the Commission has invoked a regulatory provision which had hitherto been overlooked by the operators. 

NCC, he also said, took cognizance of the broad range of services which cut across “Banking/Insurance/ Financial Products, Real Estate, Education, Health, Consumer Goods and Automobiles, Communication/ Broadcasting/ Entertainment/ IT, Tourism and leisure, Sports, Religion (Christianity, Islam, others),” hence, the Commission directed the operators to give the necessary instructions and clarifications that will enable subscribers subscribe to a particular service/services /none at all.

Ojobo further said that for a full DND which is SMS “STOP” to 2442 does not allow the subscriber to receive any unsolicited message from the operators at all.

Below, he said, are the various options: 
“SMS 1” for receiving SMS relating to Banking? Insurance/ Financial products to 2442
“SMS 2” for receiving |SMS relating to real Estate to 2442
“SMS 3” for receiving SMS relating to Education to 2442
“SMS 4” for receiving SMS relating to Health to 2442
“SMS 5” for receiving SMS relating to Consumer goods and Automobiles to 2442”
“SMS 6” for receiving SMS relating to Communication/ Broadcasting Entertainment/IT to 2442
“SMS 7” for receiving SMS relating to Tourism and leisure to 2442
“SMS 8” for receiving SMS relating to Sports to 2442
“SMS 9” for receiving SMS relating to Religion to 2442

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 enjoined the operators to comply immediately with the direction issued by the Commission and never again harass subscribers with unwanted messages.
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