Short codes, USSD, set for harmonization in telecoms industry by NCC

The Nigeria Communications Commission (NCC) is set to harmonise all short codes and USSD in use in Nigerian telecommunication industry. At a stakeholder’s forum organised by the NCC at the Digital Bridge Institute, Lagos, which drew stakeholders in the industry from far and wide, was where the plan was recently revealed to stakeholders in the industry.

The stakeholders were sensitised on the intention and importance of the harmonisation of short codes and on the proposed migration plan.

Engr. Paul Dinwoke, the Chief Executive Officer of Molcom Multi-Concepts Limited-The Project Consultants carrying out the Short Code Harmonization, while speaking at the event, informed the stakeholders which comprises executives from the Mobile Network Operators, MNOs, Bank Executives, Representatives from CBN, Value Added Service (VAS) Licensees and Executives of the Wireless Application Services Providers in Nigeria, (WASPAN) that the objective of the harmonization was to bring balance into the licensing and utilisation of short codes in Nigeria which presently needs proper alignment with the requirements of International Telecommunication Union(ITU) and International best practices.

He also said that at the end of the exercise, according to services and sectors, short codes will be well classified and placed in bands, and that a more robust short code policy will be drafted for the Nigerian telecommunications industry.

Engr. Anthony Ikemefuna, Head Fixed Networks and Converged Services in the Nigerian Communications Commission, while also speaking, told the stakeholders that the commission summon the forum to gather stakeholders’ buy-in in the whole short code harmonisation process as conventional with the practice in the commission to always carry stakeholders along in their activities.

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