In line with the Nigerian Communications Commission (NCC) mandate of providing Quality Telecom Services and protecting telecom consumers, the NCC holds the 1st Industry Type Approval Working Group Meeting on September 25th, 2018 in Lagos.
The Type Approval Working Group meeting was setup by the Commission to bring together various stakeholders in the industry to discuss the importance of Type Approval on all Telecom equipments and the consequences of non-compliance.
The NCC’s Executive Commissioner Technical Services, Engr. Ubale Maska was represented by the NCC’s Head of Technical Standards and Network Integrity, Engr. Bako Wakil.
Engr. Wakil delivered a presentation on the “Impact of Counterfeit/Substandard Mobile devices”, where he explained the numerous negative effects of such devices which not only degrade the Quality of a Network, but also have negative Socio-Economic impacts. Some of the consequences of using non type approved devices include the following: Reduced Foreign Direct Investment, Threat to Green Environment, Risk to Health, Vulnerability in Online Transactions, Negative Economic impacts on Right holders, Increased Cyber Threats, Privacy Risks, Degrading the Quality of Network Services.
Engr. Wakil also stressed that substandard and counterfeit devices also compromise the health, safety and privacy of consumers.
Also speaking at the event was the NCC’s Head of Wireless Network Unit, Engr. Chukwuma Nwaiwu, who showcased the Commission’s Type Approval Review process and Timeline for getting equipment approved.
NCC further noted that under the Nigerian Communications Act 2003, Individuals and Organisations that do not comply with Type Approval are subject to arrest and on conviction, liable to a fine or imprisonment.
While stressing that there is also a need for strong collaboration with Law Enforcement Agencies, Standards Organisation of Nigeria (SON) & the Nigeria Customs Service in preventing the importation, sale and use of Non Type Approved, Counterfeit and Sub-Standards devices in Nigeria.