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Nigeria: Telecom regulator NCC warns against the use of counterfeit phones

Friday, 02 December 2022 13:47
Nigeria: Telecom regulator NCC warns against the use of counterfeit phones

(Ecofin Agency) - With 212.2 million mobile subscribers, Nigeria is the largest telecom market in Africa. Its regulator wants to ensure that all the equipment used in the sector meets quality standards and is suitable for the local market. 

The Nigerian Communications Commission (NCC) has once again warned consumers against using unlicensed and counterfeit mobile devices. According to the regulator,  the use of such devices could negatively affect the quality of services and leave users vulnerable to losses.

The new warning follows enforcement activities in Kano, where the NCC arrested representatives of three companies that sell counterfeit and unlicensed devices.  The representatives were handed over to the Nigeria Security and Civil Defense Corps (NSCDC) for investigation.

In April 2022, the NCC approved 1,843  phone models for sale in the Nigerian market after testing them and finding them compliant with applicable standards.

The campaign by the NCC is expected to reduce the importation and sale of counterfeit and unlicensed phones in the country. This should not only clean up the cell phone market but also ensure the safety and health of consumers while improving their experience.

Isaac K. Kassouwi





 
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