I am one of the clients and beneficiaries of telecom companies that exist in Somaliland, especially the mobile service providers (internet and dialing calls in and out). But not bound to receive a daily text notification ads messages from telecommunication companies in Somaliland.
Approximately in every quarter hour these companies post and send you an advert message from within internal service and also external ads entities. These notifications cost me a lot. Particularly, my cell phone’s battery consumes a significant charge, as well as my inbox were numerous unwanted messages accumulate. Next to that, their internal service ads are not free, if you try to use it will also cost money, and you can’t access without paying it.
Yet, these ads messages that they disseminate to the public are somehow not regulated in accordance with the laws. The adds shall safeguard and protect public confidence, not mislead or deceive the consumers. They shall be prepared with a due sense of social responsibility to the consumers and to the society. Again, they violate classification of business and trade– law no: 26/2004, states in article 11 (2) of the Constitution clearly defines "the economic system does not lead to degree of prosperity to exclusive group of people or a small number, so as not to result in economic classes, which include but are not holders have something”.
Then, I questioned myself, why these telecommunications companies use my registered semi card to their commercial issue without my permission?
Yet again, why concerned institutions of communication are watching and silent when they breach business spirit and right to protect personnel property? But, the perspective of telecom firm is simply profit oriented. However, my personal concern is far beyond business, I have a security fear that these unregulated companies my overthrow power of instrument with a single text message saying "BREAK-BREAK-BREAK & Ultimate Surrender”. Hence, government shall be vigilant of its responsibility.
Apart from that breaching the above mention issues, they have generated a lot of unlawful revenue from advertisement service which they benefited by mistake for the customers semi cards. In addition to that, they do inject the market the benefit they collect from client and even they do not create jobs. In some big cities you will observe that the staffs they started with the day they opened office are still working. They do not add a tangible employment in the market, it is state of stagnation.
In my conclusion, their system of recruitment is not clear not advertised. Lastly, I am suggesting to these telecommunication companies to stop semi card piracy activities or they shall pay cost based on ratio entitled by every customer who fed up those ad notification messages. I think customers of these companies have right to take legal action against them, because they involved double dipping business.
Adam Ahmed Adam
Adam is an economist and columnist who is based in Erigavo, Sanaag.
The views expressed in this article are the author's own and do not necessarily reflect Somaliland Daily’s editorial policy.