Thursday, June 07, 2018

Exclusive: Telecom operators, NCC, tighten regulations on bulks, fraudulent SMS

Telecommunications operators in the country have taken a key step in ensuring fraudulent Short Messaging Services (SMS) are curtailed, ITRealms can exclusively reports.

Investigations by ITRealms showed that telecommunications operators, under the aegis of Association of Licensed Telecommunications Operators of Nigeria (ALTON) alongside the regulator of the industry, the Nigerian Communications Commission (NCC) recently reached this conclusion.

According to our sources, the operators have suspended the delivery of messages with only phone number as its “Sender identity.”

Industry observers opined that with this, the unsolicited bulk messages by fraudulent persons will be reduced to the minimum as they may not want to use their identity.

In addition, this will aid the NCC’s rules on unsolicited calls and SMS, especially with its Do-Not-Disturb (DND) service and dedicated the short code “2442” to enable telecom consumers take an informed and independent decision on what messages they may wish to receive from network providers.

ITRealms recalls that Association of Licensed Telecommunications Operators of Nigeria (ALTON) prides itself as the industry body for all telecommunications companies and those providing subsidiary services to telecommunications service providers in Nigeria.

NCC on the other hand, is the independent regulatory authority for the telecommunications industry in Nigeria, created under Decree number 75 by the Federal Military Government of Nigeria on 24 November 1992.

Chuks Egbune/GEE

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