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NCC to Sanction Network Providers Over Unsolicited Messages



Network ProvidersThe Nigerian Communications Commission (NCC) 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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  1. Nnenna

    January 28, 2015 at 4:28 pm

    Most especially MTNNNNNNNNNNN, Jeez, i keep barring the messages and yet new numbers keep popping up. kai.

    • Bleed Blue

      January 28, 2015 at 6:30 pm

      Can MTN be worse than Etisalat? The messages are endless…getting me all excited thinking one of my loved ones is getting in touch.

      Now APC has started calling up and down. Hian!

  2. twinkle

    January 28, 2015 at 4:31 pm

    BRILLIANT!!! best thing ive heard this year, thats if their greed (bribes the receive from the network providers) will let them really sanction them like they should.

  3. Graziella

    January 28, 2015 at 4:36 pm

    Yes, LORD!!!

    I receive more texts from MTN than I have ever received from ALL my romantic interests. One would think MTN is my lover. Before I sleep. .While I’m asleep. .first thing when I wake up..One bloody text after another from MTN. Even some romantic Nigerian guys don’t text that much. Mschew.

  4. deeza

    January 28, 2015 at 4:45 pm

    Thank God o, I can’t wait for untroubled sleep through out d night, Etisalat will send u text messages at 3am, and MTN will send a series of messages, sometimes up to 8 messages sequentially

  5. uju

    January 28, 2015 at 5:29 pm

    This is long undue! Etisalat, mtn and glo…they’re coming for you.

  6. @edDREAMZ

    January 28, 2015 at 5:32 pm


  7. jwezee

    January 28, 2015 at 5:37 pm

    MTN sends loads of junk….also this NCC is useless, what r they doing other than collecting money n dishing out license, they r not even looking into the poor quality service this networks give.

  8. Teris

    January 28, 2015 at 6:34 pm

    About g**d*** time already!!!!

  9. Scared homosapien

    January 28, 2015 at 7:03 pm

    NCC, I can volunteer to come in as a witness in the suit against MTN. I have over a 100messages from them. It’s so annoyingggggg!

  10. o

    January 28, 2015 at 8:37 pm

    When it comes to unsolicited SMS’s, Etisalat takes the cake (I have never used MTN sha). Now if you are talking about unsolicited, annoying, unnecessary phone calls used as advert, Glo na baba!

    Like warahell??!!?? They first used to call with 3-digit numbers, when I didn’t use to pick that, they moved to calling with normal 11-digit numbers that you wouldn’t even know it Glo. So annoying when you think someone is trying to reach you only to rush to your phone, pick and hear one annoying voice saying you should get ovaload bonus from Glo. This has got to stop abeg!

    • joy

      January 28, 2015 at 9:50 pm

      thank God for this news
      i have etisalat and airtel sims

      even though im out of the country.
      i still get at least 3 messages a day from etisalat

      i blocked airtel till they kept coming up with new numbers so i gave up

      kai i wonder if it even is an efficient business tactic

    • sisi

      January 29, 2015 at 2:29 pm

      I can sooo relate. Super annoyinggggg

  11. Someone Naughty

    January 28, 2015 at 9:15 pm

    *kpas kpas* *kpas kpas* dis is de day, dis is de day, dat de Lord has med, dat de Lord has med

    God will forgive MTN and Etisalat for their promo text messages at ungodly hours. Abeg they should include unsolicited calls too! MTN!!!

  12. mereal

    January 29, 2015 at 11:22 am

    i use MTN, Airtel and Etisalat and trust me they all seem to be on the same level when it comes to this madness.
    Airtel has now worsened it with the daily calls……infact as im typing their call just came in. This is just terrible mehn! It really has to stop.

  13. pwettyme

    January 29, 2015 at 12:40 pm

    That moment when you’re expecting an alert, your message tone beeps, you run 400meters per second to where you kept your phone only to see one annoying and useless msg like “We know your husband is cheating on you. text 3350 to 4560 to enable us put a tracker on him. sms cost N10″…. MTN.

    • Temibalo

      January 29, 2015 at 5:49 pm


  14. sisi

    January 29, 2015 at 2:32 pm

    I can sooo relate. Super annoyinggggg

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