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The use of counterfeit and sub-standard mobile phones which the Telecom Regulator, the Nigerian Communications Commission says is inimical to Quality of Service, and poses risk to the users came to the fore when the Executive Vice Chairman of the Commission, Professor Umar Garba Danbatta received delegates from the Infrastructure Concession Regulatory Commission (ICRC) at the NCC’s Headquarters in Abuja.
While addressing the delegates from ICRC, on the inauguration of project steering committee and the project delivery team for deployment of device system management. The EVC, said NCC Act 2003 mandates the commission with the responsibility to type approve all devices used in the telecommunications industry to ensure that these devices operate in line with agreed standards and specification.
Responding, the acting Director-General of the Infrastructure Concession Regulatory Commission (ICRC) Engineer Chidi Izuwah, represented by the Director PPP Resource Department of ICRC Mr Mike Ohiani said counterfeit or substandard devices result to revenue leakage which could also affect the economy negatively. While stating that the ICRC has a Project Delivery Team who monitors these lope holes.
In an interview with the media, Professor Danbatta vowed that the Commission will confiscate non typed approved phones and perpetrators will be brought to book. He also styated that, the NCC has made it mandatory for all equipment manufacturers, vendors and operators, including customer devices such as mobile phones and wireless adapters to ensure that their equipment conform to the applicable standards in line with Nigerian laws before bringing them into the country.
The NCC had over the years carried out enforcement activities on phone manufacturers that failed to type-approve their imported phones without necessary approval by the telecoms regulator; and to ensure maximum inter-operability and affordability for consumers.
The latest report on type-approval released by the commission as reflected on its website shows the number of various models from different brands of phones already type-approved.