FG Bans Automated Voicemail on GSM Networks
By Olamide Fadoju
Nigeria telecom subscribers would heave a sigh of relief after the Federal government announced it has banned all automated voicemail services by network providers in Nigeria.
The Ministry of Communications and Digital Economy, in a statement released on Thursday, described such voicemails as “financial exploitation by Mobile Network Operators,” Saying “the voicemail service should be accessed at the discretion of the subscriber and not by default.”
“It is apparent, that the recent clampdown on the exploitative activities of some Mobile Network Operators (MNOs) in the country, has beamed the searchlight on the sector properly, and some unpatriotic elements in the system are devising subtle, ingenious methods of defrauding Nigerians.”
“The Federal Ministry of Communications and Digital Economy under the current leadership of Dr Isa Ali Ibrahim (Pantami) , will neither overlook any acts, regardless of how subtle, that undermine the Anti Corruption Crusade of President Muhammadu Buhari GCFR, nor condone any attempts to defraud Nigerians and indeed, all subscribers,” the statement read.
There have been complaints by subscribers over deductions by Nigerian network providers over automated voicemails for calls that fail to connect.