NCC Okays 57 Phone Brands to Sell in the Country
(AllAfrica Via Acquire Media NewsEdge) Nigerian Communications Commission (NCC) has given approval to 57 phone manufacturers to sell their products in the country as the telecoms regulator takes tougher stance against dumping of phones in the country's markets.
Last month, NCC shut down local offices of some foreign handset makers over breach of regulatory requirement that they obtain type-approvals before their products are shipped into the Nigerian market.
Reuben Mouka, NCC's spokesman said the renewed focus on handset type-approval is part of a broader strategy on standards affecting all equipment used within the Nigerian national telecoms infrastructure space.
Director, Public Affairs, NCC, Tony Ojobo, has said that the regulator will embark upon enforcement actions in the course of the next months.
The plan, he said, is to ensure that handset makers obtain necessary equipment type-approvals for their terminal equipment and other necessary clearances before distribution in the local market.
NCC hopes to protect local consumers from inferior products and ensure integrity of local telecoms network infrastructure from terminal equipment capable of posing a threat to Nigerian phone users and cause degradation of the national telecoms infrastructure, Ojobo said.
Some of the companies that got the NCC approval include leading global brands, relatively newer market entrants and upstarts.
It covers equipment for Analogue Wireline Telephony; Wireless Short Range; Wireless Local Loop; Wireless Local Area; Wireless Long Distance and Fixed Satellite Connection.
Others include Mobile Satellite Connection; Second Generation Mobile Telephony; Third Generation Mobile Telephony; Analogue Leased Line; Digital Leased Line and Digital Subscriber Loop.
The regulator said it is empowered by the Nigerian Communications Act 2003 to establish and enforce standards for all telecoms equipment "in operation in the Federal Republic of Nigeria to ensure that they operate seamlessly and safely within the Nigerian telecommunications environment."
According to NCC, "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."
The regulator said that by March 10, this year, type approvals have been given to equipment suppliers including Avvio, Fly, Alcatel Blackberry, Amiosonic, Anabel Mobile, Apple, Bird, Blackberry, Daewoo, Delta, Eastcom, Ericsson, Etongdz GSM Desktop Phone, Fadar, FCT, Firefly, Haier Thermacool (HT) and Hisense.
Others include Huawei, Iâ-Mate, Jablotron, Jembi, LG, Maxon, Megasim, Mitsubishi Trium, Motorola, Panabiz, Pocket Surfer 2, Possio, PW CDMA Mobile, Philips, Sagem, Quicktel CDMA Phone and Samsung.
The list includes Satcom, Sendo, Siemens, Sony Ericsson, Soutec, Supermaster, Thuraya, Way Systems, World Phone, Zakang Handset, Zen GSM Mobile Phone and ZTE, among others.
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