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After a long outcry of Ugandans about spam text messages on their phones, some coming from short code content providers, Telecommunication service providers and at times commercial companies advertising their products, the communication regulatory body UCC has decided to regulate mobile content service provision.

In this the commission has released Guidelines on Content, Services and Applications over Text and Multimedia Messaging in Uganda which it is asking members of the general public to comment about.

Spam over mobile phones is as serious as spam over email and could not be easily ignored. It had reached a level of receiving four messages per hour every day, all advertising some product, some of which deduct funds for receiving them. Some short code content providers could even subscribe users with out their consent after which they deduct their funds and yet unsubscription was all most impossible.

With strong penalties and stringent guidelines instituted on content providers over SMS and MMS, we are hoping that the situation is going to change for the better.

I would wish to ask you to share the experience in your country about this matter. Is the vice of SMS and MMS spaming existing in your country? What has your government done to reduce SMS and MMS spaming?

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