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Short Codes, USSD, Set For Harmonization In Telecoms Industry By NCC

The Nigeria Communications Commission (NCC) is set to harmonize all shortcodes and USSD in use in the Nigerian telecommunication industry. At a stakeholder’s forum organized 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 sensitized on the intention and importance of the harmonization of shortcodes 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 comprise 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 utilization of shortcodes 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, shortcodes will be well classified and placed in bands and that a more robust shortcode 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 summons the forum to gather stakeholders’ buy-in in the whole shortcode harmonization process as conventional with the practice in the commission to always carry stakeholders along in their activities.

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