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SMS sender scheme expanded

The Office of the Communications Authority (OFCA) announced today that the SMS Sender Registration Scheme is now open for application by all sectors to further help the public verify the identities of SMS senders, with a view to combatting SMS fraud.   Apart from further opening up the scheme, the OFCA said it welcomes public and private organisations from various industries with a practical need to communicate with customers or clients via SMS to join the scheme.   Under the scheme, only registered senders are able to send SMS messages using their registered SMS sender IDs with the prefix “#”. All other SMS messages with sender IDs containing “#” but not sent by registered senders will be blocked by the telecommunications networks.   As such, the public can easily identify whether an SMS message is received from a registered sender by the prefix “#” in the SMS sender ID.   The OFCA reminds citizens to stay highly vigilant when receiving SMS messages from unknown sender

Tennis event given ‘M’ Mark status

The Major Sports Events Committee today announced that it has awarded “M” Mark status to the Bank of China Hong Kong Tennis Open 2024, due to be held from this Sunday to January 7, 2024.


Major Sports Events Committee Chairman Wilfred Ng said this edition of the event marks the return of the ATP Professional Tennis Tour to Hong Kong for the first time in 21 years, in which elite men's tennis players from around the globe will compete at the Victoria Park Tennis Court.


Mr Ng added that the event will add colour and vibrancy to Hong Kong, attract more visitors from abroad, and showcase Hong Kong’s capabilities in hosting world-class events, enhancing its status as a centre for major international sporting occasions.


The “M” Mark system aims to encourage and assist local and national sports associations as well as private and non-governmental organisations, to organise more sports events and grow them into sustainable initiatives.

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