The Nigerian Communications Commission (NCC) has appealed to Nigerians on verifying their desired mobile devices to ascertain if they are type-approved before purchase.
The NCC said can make this confirmation on the commission’s website before any payment for a transactions can be made.
This was disclosed by the Commission in a conversation with NCC’s Director of Technical Standard and Network Integrity, Engr Bako Wakil.
According to the him, the type approval process is to ensure, checkmate and reduce the importation and usage of sub-standard telecommunications devices in the country.
He however noted that the verification is not limited to handsets alone but expands to tablets, laptop and other devices.
Wakil noted that if substandard mobile devices are not checkmated in the Nigerian telecom industry, it can wreak a lot of havoc in the sector and to consumers at large.
One of the major challenges, according to him is the issue of radiation. Substandard handsets can radiate beyond the specified/ required percentage, thereby causing harms to the user.
In addition, Wakil said sub-standard mobile devices cause noise and interferences into the network.
“Often times, telecom consumers complain of poor network services while unknown to them, it is the quality of their mobile devices that is the cause of the problem.
“This is the reason, the commission is appealing to every consumer to check the NCC website before purchasing any model of their desired devices.
“We have model number list of the type-approved mobile devices either mobile phones, Tablets, Laptops ir any devices that will be connected to the national network.”
Wakil also explained that this will ensure mobile devices are produced according to the stipulated standard.
He stated that the state of the country is one major factor responsible for the influx of fake and substandard devices.
“These devices are in high demand because they appear to be cheaper, thereby encourages sales and more patronage from unsuspecting telecom consumers.”
The NCC implored users to discontinue these actions because of the damages to health and the telecommunications network.