NCC Unviels New HSC Codes For Mobile Networks, Set Deadline For Activation

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The Nigerian Communications Commission (NCC) on Tuesday has approved harmonized shortcodes (HSC) for the provision of certain telecom services to Nigerian consumers and directed mobile network operators (MNOs) to begin implementation.

According to the NCC, all mobile networks must fully migrate from previously disparate shortcodes to harmonized codes by May 17, 2023.

The commission stated in a statement signed by its Director of Public Affairs, Reuben Muoka, on Monday that the new directive is consistent with the NCC’s consumer-centric approach to telecoms regulation.

According to the statement, the use of harmonized shortcodes is intended to achieve uniformity in common shortcodes across networks.

Daily News Bullentin obtained that with the development, the code for checking airtime balance and some other activities would now be the same across all mobile networks for the same function, irrespective of the network a consumer uses.

With the new codes, telecom customers using the country’s over 226 million active mobile lines can now use the same codes to access services across networks.


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