Chairman of the Nigeria Communication Commission (NCC) says Network Providers will henceforth be fined N5 million for any unsolicited text messages (SMS), it sends to subscribers. The Chairman of the Commission, Prof. Umar Danbatta disclosed this yesterday at the 46th convocation of the University of Nigeria Nsukka (UNN).
Speaking on “The Role of ICT in Tertiary Education in Nigeria – NCC interventions.” Danbatta explained that the commission has contributed over N1.4 trillion to the country’s economy since its inception.
The chairman urged policy makers to adopt information communication technology (ICT) to grow the economy. He canvassed the use of ICT in addressing the challenges in agriculture, health, energy and education sectors.“It is in the interest of the country to harness the potentials in the information-driven age to facilitate the socio-economic development.
“The Commission will continue to facilitate the improvement of the content delivery and capacity development of tertiary institutions,” he said.
He emphasised that NCC’s commitment to improving learning in tertiary institutions to reduce time wastage in accessing teaching and learning materials.
NCC had initially advised customers to take advantage of the 2442 shortcode to choose the type of messages they want to receive from telecoms operators.
The Commission said it came up with the code following the barrage of complaints on the menace of unsolicited message. Danbatta said with the shortcode, consumers will have the right to choose the messages they wanted to receive.
The Commission recently revealed that the number of internet users in Nigeria’s telecommunications networks declined to 91,910,341 in December 2016.
According to the data released, internet users on both Global System for Mobile communications, GSM, and Code Division Multiple Access, CDMA, networks dropped to 91,910, 341 in December as against 92,446,687 users recorded in November 2016, recording a decline of 536,346.
The analysis showed that out of the 91,910,341 internet users in December, 91,880,032 were on GSM networks, while 30,309 were on CDMA networks.
The data also revealed that the GSM service providers lost 536,346 internet customers after recording 91,880,032 users in December as against 92,416,378 it recorded in November.
The CDMA operators, however, retained 30,309 internet subscribers in December, the same figure it recorded in November 2016.
The data revealed that MTN had 31,753,369 subscribers browsing the internet on its network in the month under review. It explained that MTN recorded a drop of 264,410 internet subscribers in December after recording 32,017,779 in November.
Airtel had 19,363,545 internet users in December, adding 219,845 customers to its November record of 19,143,700.
Etisalat, the data revealed, had 13,752,940 customers who browsed the internet in December revealing a decrease of 379,067 users against the 14,132,007 users recorded in November.
According to the data, Globacom has 27,010,178 customers browsing the internet on its network in December, revealing a decline of 112,714 users from the 27,122,892 that used the internet on the network in November.
The NCC data revealed that the CDMA operators, Multi-Links and Visafone, had a joint total of 30,309 internet users on their networks in December, maintaining the same record of November.
According to the data, Visafone has 30,305 customers surfing the internet in December, while Multi-Links has just four internet users.
Analysts posit that the decline in the use of the internet shows that there is an urgent need for stakeholders in the industry to sensitise the people on the potentials of internet usage.