NCC Clamps Down On Illegal Phone Makers


The fight against unapproved mobile phones in Nigeria took a more robust push with the Nigerian Communications Commission, NCC, sealing off the offices and warehouses of two mobile phone manufacturers at the Computer Village in Ikeja, Lagos.

According to the telecommunications regulator, the two companies, Ken Xin Da Mobile and G-Tide Mobile, were sealed because “they did not conform to the ‘Type Approval’ standards as mandated by the commission before bringing their devices into Nigeria.”

NCC is empowered by the Nigerian Communications Act 2003 to establish and enforce standards for all telecommunications equipment in operation in the country, in order to ensure that they operate seamlessly and safely within the Nigerian telecommunications environment.

NCC regularly publishes a list of type-approved phones in Nigeria but hardly seals companies for manufacturing and selling of non-typed approved phones.

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The statement read further: “All equipment manufacturers, vendors and operators, including customer devices such as mobile phones and wireless adapters, must therefore ensure that their equipment conform to the applicable standards as mandated by the commission before bringing them into Nigeria.

To ensure maximum interoperability and affordability for consumers, the Type Approval standards set by the NCC are based on international standards, which represent international practices as developed in many countries.”

—Henry Ojelu

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