(Ecofin Agency) - Ghana’s National Communications Authority (NCA) has initiated a strategy to reduce the volume of counterfeited phones in the national telecom market.
On May 17, 2019, during the celebration of the World Telecommunications and Information Society Day, the regulator announced that it would authenticate imported phones before their introduction into the local market.
Even though the government had taken numerous measures in the past to address the challenge of counterfeited phones, there were still importers who had found ways to break past the measures.
This time, NCA’s technical laboratory will not only check phones’ IMEI but, it will also test their features. That way, it can protect the government's revenues and watch over citizens’ health because, apart from affecting service quality, counterfeited phones pose health hazards. Their radiations are higher and more dangerous.