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Nigeria Ranks 9th on Global Spam Calls

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Nigeria has been ranked ninth in the world for spam calls, according Truecaller Insight report released earlier this week, in spite of Nigerian Communications Commission (NCC) efforts to address spam calls and unsolicited short message service (SMS).

Truecaller Insights Top 20 Countries Affected by Spam Calls in 2017″ report, showed Nigeria, was in ninth place when it comes to the number of spam calls users get each month.

The country with the highest number of spam calls is India, where consumers receive an average of 22.6 spam calls a month. Next is the US and Brazil, both with an average of 20.7 calls per month, followed by Chile with 17.4 and then South Africa with an average of 15 while Nigeria has average of 10.4 calls per month.

The spam filtering mobile app said annoying and unwanted spam calls are on the rise around the globe and in some large markets the average Truecaller user receives more than 20 spam calls each month.

The data used in the report was aggregated anonymously from incoming calls that either were marked as spam by users or automatically flagged by Truecaller during the period of 1 January to 31 May 2017. During this time, Truecaller users received over 5.5 billion spam calls.

For Nigeria, telcos are the biggest spammers. The report found 61% of reported spam calls are from telecoms operators cold calling people and trying to upsell data plans or push promotional offers to the public at large. In SA, operators make up 8% of spam calls.

Deolu Ogunbanjo, president, National Association of Telecommunications Subscribers (NATCOMMS) said that Nigeria’s position in the global spam calls is unaccepted to subscribers especially now that Nigerian Communications Commission (NCC) is stepping up campaign against unsolicited text messages and calls.

“What this report has shown supports my view that NCC should bite and not bark in its efforts to address unsolicited SMS and calls. There should be sanction attached to operators that flaws this directive after a subscriber has sent Stop to the short code 2442,” he said.

Lanre Ajayi, managing director, Pinet Informatics, expressed reservation of the report as it relates to Nigeria, arguing that he has not received spam calls for a while now, noting that NCC should step up its DND campaign by conducting its own report on the level of compliance by both operators and subscriber as a way of measuring the effectiveness of its regulation.

“If NCC has conducted such report already they should make it public. We can’t continue to rely on global agencies to tell us what is happening in our own environment,” he added.

It would be recalled that NCC has introduced the Do Not Disturb (DND) facility where consumers are urged to activate the facility by texting 2442. There is also the 622 number for the NCC customer toll free complaint line. NCC intends to increase the awareness level and equally the activation level via nationwide awareness creation.”
 
Mr. Sunday Dare, Executive Commissioner, Stakeholder Management, disclosed that as at April this year 5.5million subscribers have activated Do-Not- Disturb code.

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Reps Query Non-Patronage of Nigeria’s Multi-Billion Satellite

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Committee on Information Communication Technology of the House of Representatives has been mandated the to investigate the cause of non-patronage of the multibillion Nigeria Communications Satellite Limited.

 

The committee is also to proffer solutions and report back to the House within four weeks for further legislative action.

 

The House resolution followed a motion sponsored by Honourable Danasabe Hosea entitled, “Need to Investigate the Non Patronage of the Nigerian Communications Satellite Limited (NIGCOMSAT)”.

 

The lawmaker recalled that the Federal Government had contracted Kosmo – 3m Rocket from Russian Plesetsk Spaceport to launch its first Earth Observation Satellite, the Nigeria – 1 on September 17, 2003, at the cost of ₦30 million.

 

He added that, “Nigcomsat – 1 Communications Satellite was launched in China at the cost of ₦200 million, but it failed in orbit in 2008 after running out of power, owing to an anomaly in its solar array.

 

The Federal Government he added that, had, since 2003, spent about ₦85 billion on five Satellites which were meant to provide communication data and images for government agencies and the private sector with the aim of saving billions of foreign exchange and generating revenues estimated at $ 20 billion for the country.

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NCC Set To Dump Paper Numbering for Automated Numbering System, Meets Stakeholders

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Nigerian Communications Commission (NCC) yesterday held a consultative forum with a broad spectrum of stakeholders as part of the processes planned towards the introduction of an automated numbering system in Nigeria.

 

This is Consistent with the commission’s distinctive tradition of broad spectrum consultation prior to taking regulatory decisions.

 

Speaking during the consultation forum, Ubale Maska, Executive Commissioner Technical Services who represented Prof. Umar Danbatta, the EVC/CEO of NCC informed the participants that, “Numbers are scarce resource and one of the core functions of the Commission is to ensure that this scarce resource is effectively and efficiently managed”.

 

He also informed the audience that the automated system will be launched very soon by the Commission.

 

Paul Dinwoke, CEO Molcon Multiconcepts Limited, Consultants to NCC on the project also told the participants that some of the benefits of the automated system include convenience, transparency, efficiency, easy tracking, ability to choose number options, and strengthening of online payment systems.

 

Bako Wakil, Deputy Director Technical Standards and Network Integrity also told the audience that the deployment of automatic numbering management system is part of NCC’s efforts to automate her business processes within and outside the Commission.

 

The Forum was attended by many stakeholders, including licensees of the Commission and staff.

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Five Reasons To Stop Wearing Headphones Always

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By Ogunfowoke Adeniyi

Headphones are very important because they make work and travel more fun. Therefore, it’s so common today to see people strolling with their headphones.

Despite the seeming advantage (s) of headphones, it should not be constantly plugged in your ears for the following reasons shared by Jumia Travel, the leading online travel agency.

 

You Can’T Hear Cars Coming At You

It’s much safer to walk around without your headphones. This is because you cannot hear cars coming at you and this can lead to an unavoidable accident. According to research, serious injuries have increased 300% in the last six years for pedestrians wearing headphones. So, make it a rule not to use your headphones on the road.

 

Headphones Overuse Can Damage Your Ears

Your ears may be damaged if you overuse headphones. So it’s probably best to let them breathe now and then.

 

You Can’T Hear The People Around You

For people who are headphone addicts, they must have been told several times by a friend that they called out to them and they didn’t respond. Why? Because they had their headphone plugged in. If this is the report you always get, it is time to stop plugging your ears when you are around people.

 

You Miss The Little Things

After sight, hearing is the most important sense that engages us. If we can see but lack the sound-correlated ambience, we become dissociated. It’s like we are putting our minds on autopilot, and just going through the motions of daily life.

 

You Risk Coming Off As Rude

Even if you’re the friendliest person around, headphones make you unapproachable. It makes it harder for people to call out to you.

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