Mobile Companies Start Filtering Spam SMS

All cellular companies in Pakistan were asked by PTA to ensure the implementation of filtration of SPAM SMS, resultantly, systems are being put in place to filter those messages that deem SPAM or un-wanted, under “Protection from SPAM, Unsolicited, Fraudulent and Obnoxious Communication Regulation, 2009“.

We don’t know the rules or criteria for catching spam SMS, however, at least Mobilink is blocking all masked SMS sent to its network from local routes, told us those two industry sources.

Masked SMS usually don’t contain senders’ number, instead they present Alpha-Numeric name as senders’ ID. For instance messages having sender id as Google, HBL, DHA, ProPakistani etc, are blocked on Mobilink’s network.

This implementation of SPAM filtration is causing legit messages from corporate entities to their employees/customers a permanent block.

It merits mentioning here that masked SMS from international route are not caught in Mobilink’s spam filter.

Mobilink may need to revise its filtering rules, instead it should enhance filter so that legit messages are not blocked. In fact, cellular companies can ask customers to report any number as spammer.

Implementation of spam and setting a criteria for spam filtration is usually neither an easy thing nor the rules can stay in place for in-definite time. If you just take the example of spam email, this will show you how fiercely email service providers fight the spam email. On other hands, spammers always keep looking for new ways to hit the in-boxes instead of spam.

Moreover every mass-communication can’t be spam, as legitimate SMS communication that is carried away with the consent of customers can not be termed as spam.

Tech reporter with over 10 years of experience, founder of ProPakistani.PK


  • Yaser

    Telcos do need to revise a lot of implementation of different services. In the past they had really stupid policies for reporting spam. Lets see if it continues like this i would really like the illegal sms advertisement to put to halt on the other hand i would really like to see telcos incorporating legal frameworks into spam protection as my legitimate services who have consent to send sms to their users might get blocked in the next stage of implementation.

  • sabz

    Glow has been coming up with these great ads lately. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8YEQLDegTZY
    I sure do hope they have the block caller option with their new upgraded version

  • Dani

    WOW! just days after which we started the group ‘Don’t Spam My Phone’.

    PTA is quick.

  • telenor djuice itself is sending Nesvita mms spam 4, 5 times a day :P

  • Adeel

    Now we wont be able to send joke messages to friends????

    • Fahad

      Adeel you can but not on zardari :) This is the main theme of scanning spam sms

  • Altaf

    It’s good step, but the blocking should have some content related aspects rather than blocking such stuff which can lead to issues for legitimate subscribers / service providers.

    Let’s hope this matures quickly so that it becomes facility rather than an inconvenience!