August 15, 2018

Telcos, VAS operators risk sanctions over unsolicited sms

Telcos, VAS operators risk sanctions over unsolicited sms

The Minister of Communications, Adebayo Shittu has warned telecoms operators (Telcos) and Value Added Service (VAS) providers to stop broadcasting unsolicited short message service (SMS), popularly known as text messages, or risk sanction.

The minister, who gave the warning in Lagos recently, expressed deep concern over the rate at which telecoms and VAS operators flood the mobile phones of subscribers with promotional messages that they did not solicit for.

He said the situation was becoming embarrassing to Nigerian subscribers, including the minister, who also receives such SMS intermittently on his mobile phone.

According to him, such unsolicited messages are embarrassing because they are transmitted as bulk messages and in most cases, the messages hit the mobile phones of subscribers at a time when subscribers are expecting important messages, only for them to open their phones to see all manners of promotional messages that are annoying to read because they make no meaningful impact on their lives. Read more

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