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MIIT Reports SMS Spam Regulations Working

MIIT, 9/03/08

The Ministry of Industry and Information Technology (MIIT) has released a report on spam SMS regulation that began in June. Since then, the Ministry has dealt with 563 illegal points of entry into SMS networks, and Zhejiang Unicom has shut down 350 SMS products that do not conform to the regulations.

According to statistics from the Reporting Center for Malicious Networks and Spamming, the volume of reports on spam messages fell 85% in June.

In April, MIIT joined forces with the State Administration for Industry and Commerce (SAIC) to begin work on regulations to strengthen the management of SMS advertising services. The regulations constitute a first step towards achieving consensus on appropriate conditions and obligations for companies wishing to provide legal SMS advertising services, along with the scope of services permitted and the application procedures required to become and SMS advertising provider.

Editor's Note: MIIT issued notice of a nationwide crackdown on SMS spam on June. For more background on the notice, please see "MII to Regulate SMS Spam", MD 6/12/08 issue.

Keywords: mobile advertising illegal MIIT regulation SAIC SMS spam statistics wireless Zhejiang Zhejiang Unicom 0762.HK 600050.SH China Unicom CHU

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