NCC begins enforcement of DND code
THE Nigerian Communications Commission, NCC, says it has commenced the enforcement of the Do Not Disturb (DND) code which compels Mobile Network Operators (MNOs) to stop sending unsolicited messages to their subscribers.
Dambatta said the NCC had given the operators ample time to comply with the regulatory directive and was now ready to enforce the N5 million fine stipulated for any breach of the directive by the regulator. He said: “We are at the stage of imposing the Do Not Disturb (DND) code direction, meaning that any breach of this direction will attract a fine of N5 million."
He continued, “If a consumer lodges complaint to NCC that a MNO send unsolicited text messages and the complaint from the consumer get to us, we will ensure that credit deducted from the consumers for this unsolicited text messages is returned to the consumer and will also invoke provision of the fine on the MNO which is N5 million. This is to ensure total compliance and this is a measure of last resort. The NCC impose regulation as a measure of last resort, after we have given the MNO time to ensure compliance and we have monitored them to ensure compliance to ensure that the compliance is not selective.”