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NCC to streamline the size of content aggregators

This
move, according to the NCC, which appreciated VAS providers’
contribution to the economy, is in effort to ensure better service,
transparency and accountability.

There are plans by the Nigerian Communications Commission (NCC), to
streamline the size of content aggregators, which are mostly Value Added
Service (VAS) providers in the country.
 
This move, according to the NCC, which appreciated VAS providers’
contribution to the economy, is in effort to ensure better service,
transparency and accountability.
   
The Guardian checks showed that there are about 200 VAS licensed players
under the auspices of the Wireless Application Service Providers of
Nigeria (WASPAN).They have contributed over N300billion to the market
since the revolution in the sector began some 16 years back.
 
Indeed, in an interaction with journalists in Lagos, NCC Executive
Commissioner, Stakeholders Management (ECSM), Sunday Dare, revealed that
the Commission is working on a framework that will streamline
Aggregator licensees in the country to five, which should be out any
time soon.

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Dare said every content meant for telecoms consumers in the country
would have to pass through the five aggregators, which will scrutinise
and ensure the right messages get to the people.

According to him, this move is expected to improve quality of service
(QoS); check influx of unsolicited SMS, and a host of others.Responding
to questions on the menace of unsolicited SMS, deceptive marketing
messages, unsolicited calls, Dare urged Nigerians to fully explore the
avenue created by the Commission to stop the abuse.

According to him, since the declaration of 2017 as ‘Year of the Telecoms
Consumer’, and the introduction of the Do-Not-Disturb platform, the
code 2442, “we expect people to activate it and stop the influx of
unsolicited SMS to their mobile phones.”
 
Dare, who disclosed that as at June, only about 6.7 million of the 147
million active subscribers have activated the DND code, said: “the
Commission wants to see an awareness and activation level of about 80
per cent before the year ends.”

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According to him, people are complaining that they still receive those
unwanted messages because they have not activated the code.

However, some telecom subscribers are taking the fight beyond the NCC
by following the initial directive of the commission to sue service
providers for sending them unsolicited messages.
A telecoms expert, Kehinde Aluko, once said that the innumerable text
messages to a subscriber without his consent at all times is a
violation of his fundamental right to the privacy of his telephone
conversations, correspondence and his person and telephone line and
telephone message inbox.

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