NCC sensitises stakeholders to significance of equipment type approval

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LAGOS – Nigerian Communications Commission (NCC) has kicked its regulatory activities 2020 with a workshop hosted to sensitise and educate its licensees and other relevant stakeholders Nigerian telecom industry on importance of type approval of telecoms equipment and other mobile and terminal devices.
-day workshop held at Dover Hotel Ikeja Lagos on Thursday (30/01/2020) was continuation of its ceaseless efforts to effectively regulate industry by ensuring that licensees comply with the extant industry type approval regulation, which overarching objective is to ensure industry interoperability, quality of service (QoS) and safety.

Discussions at forum focused on sensitising stakeholders to need for type approval of telecom equipment (mobile or ), used by network the deployment of while also raising the red flag on inherent dangers associated with the use of non-type approved equipment and mobile devices imported by unscrupulous elements into the country.

Addressing stakeholders at the workshop, Bako Wakil, Director, Technical Standards and Network Integrity (TSNI), NCC, said type approval is of the key regulatory functions of the Commission and a means which NCC authenticates specifications, standards and conformity of telecom equipment for use in the Nigerian telecom industry.

According to him, type approval involves submitting a sample of a telecom equipment or device to the Commission to ensure its conformity and interoperability within the country’ telecom ecosystem and to guarantee they are safe for use by the consumers.

Wakil, who was represented by Toni Ikemefuna, Assistant Director, TSNI, at the event, stated that type approval is conducted, as a regulatory function, to ensure the safety of lives of consumers as well as to safeguard telecom networks and ensure good quality of (QoS) in the Nigerian telecom ecosystem.

While noting that conducting type-approval exercise is in compliance with the international standards, Wakil stated that different regions of the world have varying specifications and standards requirements on equipment for compatibility, seamless interoperability of networks and deployment of digital .

Wakil, however, explained the adverse effect of lack of a type approval in any telecoms market. According to him, “the sales, installation and use of counterfeit, and substandard consumer telecom equipment such as mobile , tablets and other mobile accessories pose great risk to human health and safety and this underscores the importance of type approval of every equipment imported for use in Nigeria. The equipment also has the to degrade QoS of our networks.”

Wakil called on all relevant stakeholders, dealers of mobile consumer terminal equipment as well as equipment importers and sellers as well as providers of Automated Vehicle Tracking System Service to be vigilant and ensure compliance to type approval established by the Commission in Nigeria.

He also urged them to expose those who in counterfeit, and substandard equipment by reporting cases of breach by those who provide telecom services without appropriate licences or authorisation to the Commission.