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24 August 2017 12:34 (South Africa)

Egypt regulates mass SMSes

  • Andy Rice
    andy rice
    Andy Rice

    Andy Rice is a founding partner of Yellowwood Future Architects, a marketing strategy consultancy. In his other lives, he is the southern hemisphere's only supporter of Cambridge United Football Club, and was once upon a time the South African National Spoofing Champion. He has played football at Wembley and cricket at Lord's within the same weekend, but troubled the scorer on neither occasion. Things could only go up from here.

Egypt has passed a new law stating that organisations sending out mass SMSes (known as SMS aggregators) will have to obtain permits from the government. All very well if the country is trying to curb commercial spam, but it appears to be a barely concealed crackdown on opposition political movements ahead of this year's elections. A licence to send such messages will reportedly cost $88,000. We forecast an increase in Twitter's popularity in Egypt. Read more: AP, via News24

  • Andy Rice
    andy rice
    Andy Rice

    Andy Rice is a founding partner of Yellowwood Future Architects, a marketing strategy consultancy. In his other lives, he is the southern hemisphere's only supporter of Cambridge United Football Club, and was once upon a time the South African National Spoofing Champion. He has played football at Wembley and cricket at Lord's within the same weekend, but troubled the scorer on neither occasion. Things could only go up from here.

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