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Dear Esteemed Customer,

Welcome to another wonderful year!!

We’re happy to announce the birth of another special service which will bring smiles to the faces of most entertainment lovers, because the service cuts across various spheres of the entertainment industry.

Lodios is a platform that provides all forms of entertainment via comedies, movies, inspirational content, etc.  The platform which was recently launched at Sheraton Hotel Lagos had various artistes and entertainment stakeholders in attendance.

So when you feel like being in a relaxed mood just login to www.lodios.com and explore the vast world of entertainment. Moreover, the charges won’t “drill” a hole in your pocket since they go as low as N50 per music or movie. Current box office movies can also be rented or bought.

There are movies available for free and this offer lasts for just a month.

What are you waiting for? Start clicking!!!


Best Regards,


Customer Support Team,

VAS2Nets Technologies Ltd


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NCC Begins Enforcement of N5m Fine over Unsolicited Messages

Professor Umar Danbatta, executive vice chairman, Nigerian Communications Commission (NCC)

Nigerian Communications Commission (NCC), has said that it has commenced the enforcement of the Do Not Disturb (DND) code which compels mobile network operators to stop sending unsolicited messages to their subscribers.

Prof Umar Dambatta executive vice chairman of NCC at a meeting with the Academia on ITU Study Group Participation held at Digital Bridge Institute, Abuja, said the move became imperative because the NCC had given the operators ample time to comply with the regulatory directive and was now ready to enforce the N5 million fine stipulated for any breach of the directive by the regulator.

He said: “If a consumer lodges a complaint to NCC that an MNO sent unsolicited text message and the complaint from the consumer get to us, we will ensure that credit deducted from the consumer for this unsolicited text messages is returned to the consumer and will also invoke provision of the fine on the MNO which is N5 million.

“This is to ensure total compliance and this is a measure of last resort. The NCC imposes regulation as a measure of last resort, after we have given the MNO time to ensure compliance and we have monitored them to ensure compliance to ensure that the compliance is not selective.”


Culled from Nigeria communications weekly

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Happy New Year!!!

We welcome you, our dear valued customer to 2017.

And we wish you a lovely and fulfilling year ahead.


NIBSS, banks, Telcos unveil mobile payment solution, mCash | VAS2Nets Technologies

The Nigeria Interbank Settlement Scheme, NIBSS in collaboration with all the money deposit banks in Nigeria and the four major telecommunications operators, Etisalat, MTN, Airtel and Globacom, has launched a new mobile money payment solution.

Known as mCash, the new mobile money solution will facilitate low value retail payments; grow e-payments by providing accessible electronic channels to a wider range of users and to further enhance financial inclusion in Nigeria, by extending e-payment benefits to payers and merchants at the bottom of the pyramid where usage of cash has been predominant.

The mCash utilizes Unstructured Supplementary Service Data, USSD code in payment processing. Merchants can deploy mCash as a payment channel by registering with their banks, who will issue them an 8-digit seller code which buyers or payers need to use while making payments to them.

A customer who wants to make payments through mCash, has to dial the universal code, *402*SellerCode*Amount#. Upon dialing the code, the name of the seller will appear and a list of banks a customer wishes to make payments from. The user can then select a bank and input passcode to authenticate and complete the transaction. Upon completion of the transaction, both the buyer and the seller will receive flash confirmation of debit and credit messages instantly.

However, only mobile numbers linked to a user’s BVN are allowed for mCash transactions.

Although all the banks have signed up to integrate into the solution, at the moment, only six banks have been brought on-board and are active. These include: Diamond bank, Fidelity bank, Unity bank, Zenith bank, Sterling bank and Wema bank. First City Monument Bank, FCMB and Union Bank are expected to go live by this week.

Users are charged N20 per transaction through mCash for all transactions below N10, 000 while all transactions above N10, 000 cost N50 to both the merchant and the customer. Should transactions fail a resolution is guaranteed within six hours.

At the launch in Lagos, the MD/CEO of NIBSS, Mr. Ade Shonubi said: “The whole intention of mCash is to broaden the opportunity for people who rely mostly on usage of cash to find convenient means of making payments electronically.

The CBN has been pushing the cashless initiative for a long time and we have seen significant gains but a lot of people who have benefited so far have been the banking customers. And we need to deepen and reach out to a lot more people, as we begin to make real the dream for financial inclusion and as we begin to realize that a lot of government’s social programme will touch a different set of people.


Culled from Vanguard

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NCC Warns Telecom Subscribers over Use of Substandard Handsets

Nigerian Communications Commission (NCC) has warned telecommunication consumers against the usage of substandard handsets.

Mr Joseph Atoyebi, deputy director, Consumer Affairs of the commission gave the warning some days ago in Abakaliki during a Consumer Outreach Programme .

According to him, such handsets are responsible for the various network and related problems they experience during dialing or receiving of calls. “Consumers should use the handsets outlined in our manual as they have been certified to be efficient for telecommunication usages,” he said.

Atoyebi also urged consumers who use smart phones to be aware of its complexities which are responsible for the difficulties experienced while using them.

“Many consumers complain that their data and credit are illegally deducted by service providers but they should understand that smart phones have various complex attributes.

“Smart phones should be switched-off when not in use as they automatically upgrade themselves and can deduct data in the process,” he said.

He also informed consumers that borrowing of credit from service providers is a business strategy which is not offered without costs.


Culled from Nigeria Communications weekly

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There’s no doubt that our EYES have a great impact in our daily lives. Join the world today in celebrating WORLD SIGHT DAY.


The theme for this year is Stronger Together



We would be discussing Childhood blindness from 9am – 5pm and you can participate by simply dialing any of the following at N30/min


32123 (MTN users)

67777 (Airtel users)

33122 (Etisalat users)



#vas2nets  #Stronger Together




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NCC Slams Telecos Over ‘Nuisance, Irritating’ Unsolicited Texts & Calls


The Nigerian Communications Commission (NCC) has again expressed displeasure over what it termed nuisance and irritations of unsolicited text messages and calls from mobile network operators.

The Commission reiterated its readiness to protect subscribers from such disturbances.

Mr. Tony Ojobo, director, Public Affairs, noted in a statement, that in spite of earlier warnings to telecommunication service providers to activate their Do-Not-Disturb facility which gives subscribers the freedom to choose the messages they receive, the Commission is still inundated with complaints by subscribers of continuing text harassment by operators.

The Direction issued to industry operators to activate the 2442 Do Not Disturb Short Code took effect from July 1, 2016.

Ojobo explained that the Direction mandates the operators to take immediate action which will allow the subscribers to take informed but independent decisions on what messages to receive from the networks.

He observed that industry compliance doesn’t seem to have matched the seriousness of the Direction thus, compelling the Commission to issue a final warning to the operators.

According to him, the Direction takes into cognizance the broad range of services, which include: Banking/Insurance/Financial products, Real estate, Education, Health, Consumer Goods and Automobiles, Communication/ Broadcasting/ Entertainment/ IT, Tourism and /Leisure, Sports, Religion (Christianity, Islam, others), and directed the operators to give the necessary instructions and clarifications that will enable subscribers subscribe to a particular service/services/none at all.

In fact, a Full DND which is SMS ‘STOP” to 2442 does not allow the subscriber to receive any unsolicited messages from the operators at all.

Below are the various options:
“SMS 1” for receiving SMS relating to Banking/Insurance/ Financial Products to 2442
“SMS 2” for receiving SMS relating to Real estate to 2442
SMS 3” for receiving SMS relating to Education to 2442
“SMS 4” for receiving SMS relating to Health to 2442
“SMS 5” for receiving SMS relating to Consumer Goods and Automobiles, to 2442
“SMS 6” for receiving SMS relating to Communication/ Broadcasting/ Entertainment/ IT, to 2442
“SMS 7” for receiving SMS relating to Tourism and Leisure to 2442
“SMS 8” for receiving SMS relating to Sports to 2442
“SMS 9” for receiving SMS relating to Religion to 2442

Ojobo called on the service providers to immediately comply with the Direction as further complaints from the subscribers would be taken as serious infractions to a major regulatory intervention by the Commission.


Culled from Nigeria communications weekly

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Etisalat, Partners GSMA, VAS2Nets and Audrey pack to Launch Special Midwife Service



Innovative and customer-friendly telecommunications company, Etisalat Nigeria, in partnership with GSM Association (GSMA); Value added services company, VAS2Nets, and Audrey Pack at the weekend unveiled a mobile-based health service called Special Midwife Service.

Special Midwife Service is a mobile-based service that avails pregnant women and new mothers the opportunity of getting useful education and information about pregnancy and nutrition such as conception, nutrition for mother and baby, wellness/fitness, medication reminders, etc. through their Etisalat line.

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Adia Sowho, director, Digital Business, Etisalat Nigeria, described the Special Midwife Service as an innovative contribution by the telco to global efforts targeted at improving nutrition and reducing maternal and child mortality in the country.

“Special Midwife Service (SMS) is a mobile healthcare education and information service aimed at promoting good nutrition behaviours as well as reducing maternal and child mortality in Nigeria by providing crucial information and reminders for expectant and new mothers. It is an informative platform where women are better informed about the right choices to make during and after pregnancy” she said.


The Special Midwife Service is a Short Message Service (SMS) and Interactive Voice Response (IVR) based service which cost N30 for 2 days.


It is a unique first-of-its-kind service in the country that involves organizations partnering to provide a mobile healthcare education and information service for expectant and new mothers.


Culled from Nigeria communications weekly

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Mark Zuckerberg is in Nigeria!!


Mark Zuckerberg, Facebook’s Chief Executive Officer, is currently in Nigeria to see how Facebook can better support technology development and entrepreneurship in the country and other African nations.

The Facebook CEO visited a ‘Summer of Code Camp’ at the Co-Creation Hub in Yaba, otherwise known as the Silicon Valley of Nigeria, as one of his first stops on the trip.


Culled from Punch

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Are you aware that Pig Farming is an extremely big business in Nigeria? A lot of people don’t seem to notice the opportunity around this business.


Pigs are highly reproductive animals; a single Pig gives birth to as much as 15 piglets at a time. And a fully grown Pig goes for as high as =N=20,000 – =N=30,000 depending on the weight of course.


It’s believed that due to the ignorance of how it works, a lot of people don’t pay much attention to the huge profits being generated from Piggery.


To know more about Pigs and how to take care of them, you can subscribe to our mAgric service by simply texting:

PIG to 32122 at =N=30/ 2 days (for Airtel users)

PIG to 35131 at =N=50/ 5 days (for Etisalat users)

PIG to 32126 at =N=30/week (for MTN users)


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