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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

Lam Sai-hung ends Singapore visit

Wrapping up his trip to Singapore today, Secretary for Transport & Logistics Lam Sai-hung paid visits to the Intelligent Transport Systems Centre, Jurong Island and Changi Airport, and met local officials.

 

Mr Lam first went to the Singaporean Land Transport Authority’s Intelligent Transport Systems Centre to understand the challenges in Singapore’s urban traffic management and how the intelligent transport systems could improve transport efficiency. He then visited the Singapore Liquefied Natural Gas Terminal on Jurong Island where he received a briefing on the use of sustainable energy.

 

In the afternoon, the transport chief toured Changi Airport and met representatives from the Civil Aviation Authority of Singapore. He also met Singaporean Minister for Transport Chee Hong Tat to discuss issues of mutual interest.

 

Noting that Hong Kong and Singapore have all along maintained close bilateral trade relations, Mr Lam said he looks forward to the strengthening of co-operation between the two places as well as collaborating on promoting transport and logistics development in the Asia-Pacific region.

 

Mr Lam also met Hong Kong people living in Singapore in the evening to learn about their daily lives.

 

He will return to Hong Kong tomorrow.


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