It is criminal to sell, install any equipment that may hinder network operations- NCC declares

The Nigerian Communications Commission, NCC, has declared that it is a criminal offence to sell, install or use any equipment


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It is criminal to sell, install any equipment that may hinder network operations- NCC declares

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The Nigerian Communications Commission, NCC, has declared that it is a criminal offence to sell, install or use any equipment, which may hinder network operations or which has not been type-approved by it.

 

The Director, Public Affairs of NCC, Dr. Ikechukwu Adinde, made the declaration in a statement obtained today by Fresh Angle International, Tuesday May 18, from the verified twitter handle of the Commission.

 

The statement noted: “The Nigerian Communications Commission informs the general Government Agencies, Telecommunications Service Providers, Private/Public Companies, and owners/occuplers of Residential premises that the sale, installation and usage of GSM boosters is illegal.

 

“In exercise of its mandate of ensuring the protection of consumers, ensuring good quality of service and maintenance of technical standards of communication equipment, and in accordance with the provisions of Section 131 (1) of the Nigerian Communications Act (NCA)2003, the Commission hereby warns the general public that it is a criminal offence to sell, install or use any equipment which may hinder network operations or which has not been type-approved by the Commission. Such acts may lead to monetary sanction and/or imprisonment, or both (fine & Imprisonment) as well as the confiscation of any equipment used in the illegal enhancement of network coverage.

 

“The Commission on its part will continue to deepen its collaborative efforts with telecoms service providers to facilitate the provision of ubiquitous telecoms infrastructure necessary to guarantee good quality of service across the nation.

 

“In view of the above, the Commission hereby gives a 14-day PRE-ENFORCEMENT NOTICE effective from the date of this publication to any person involved in the sale, installation and use of the device to forthwith desist from such act.

 

“The Commission shall without further recourse and upon expiration of the deadline commence

appropriate enforcement action including, but not limited to prosecution, fine, and confiscation of equipment used”.

 

 

 

 



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