NCC temporarily okays mobile disturbance (No DND) by network operators.
The Nigerian Communications Commission (NCC), considering the coming general elections, has temporarily suspended its directive to Mobile Network Operators (MNOs) on Do-Not-Disturb (DND).
This is to enable the service providers to disseminate specific information on voter education on behalf of the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC).
According to the NCC, in implementing the suspension, MNOs are to be mindful of existing directives regarding the timing and regularity of such messages and the fact that the temporary suspension is only with regards to the specific messages on voter education.
DND is an initiative by NCC to protect consumers from unsolicited calls and messages. If a person registers their mobile number, then it would be illegal for telemarketers to send any sort of unsolicited SMS or calls on those numbers.
Thus far, over 12 million subscribers in the country have activated the DND code.
NCC had issued guidance to all MNOs and value-added service providers to the effect that MNOs should ensure that their facilities are not used to disseminate political or religious contents, which are abusive, insulting, intimidating and harassing, and/or which incite violence, hatred or discrimination against any person or group of persons.
Also, MNOs shall provide service to participants in the political process, only to the extent that their license and the regulatory process permits; MNOs shall maintain the principle of neutrality in all their dealings regarding the political process; and the operators shall seek and obtain the approval of the commission at all times.
The NCC has expressed its readiness to strictly monitor the activities of the MNOs for the duration of the temporary suspension.