PTA ensures safety against spamming


The Pakistan Telecommunication Authority (PTA) on Saturday took strong notice of the generation of spamming from individual mobile subscriptions and short codes causing nuisance to the telecom subscribers at large.
In accordance with the ‘Protection from Spam, Unsolicited, Fraudulent and Obnoxious Communication Regulations 2009’, the transmission of harmful or unsolicited messages in bulk to any person, without the permission of the recipient, is not authorised.
The PTA officials told APP that they had warned all individual users of telecom services, involved in such activities, to refrain from the practice. In case of non-compliance, they said, the PTA reserved the right to initiate legal proceedings in accordance with the PTA (Reorganisation) Act 1996.
Sources further said the telecom consumers in receipt of any unsolicited or telemarketing call or Short Messaging Service (SMS) from any telephone subscription, could inform about the sender and recipient number along with the SMS content by messaging to a dedicated common short code 9000 for necessary action at the mobile operator’s end.
An official said, “The PTA is fully committed to safeguarding the interests of the telecom consumers in the country and appreciates cooperation extended by them towards its efforts to curb the menace of spamming.”