Fake Communications Devices Responsible For Poor Quality Of Service – NCC | Independent Newspapers Limited
Newsletter subscribe


Fake Communications Devices Responsible For Poor Quality Of Service – NCC

Posted: Sep 11, 2015 at 12:11 am   /   by   /   comments (0)

By Chibuzor Emejor,


Nigerian Communications Commission (NCC) on Thursday blamed the use of counterfeit and sub-standard communications devices as being one of the factors responsible for the persistent poor quality of service provided by telecommunications operators in Nigeria.

Acting Executive Vice Chairman of NCC, Umaru Danbatta, who stated this in Abuja at the stakeholders’ forum on combating counterfeit and sub-standard ICT devices, lamented that about 250 million counterfeit mobile phones are sold annually in Nigeria.

Danbatta explained that the 250 million fake mobile phones sold in Nigeria annually represent about 15 percent to 20 percent of the global phone market.

According to him, “Counterfeiting is a growing economic problem affecting a wide range of products.

“In the ICT sector, mobile phones are especially targeted with some 250 million counterfeits sold annually.

“This number constitutes about 15 percent to 20 percent of the global mobile phone market.”

Speaking on the negative economic impact of the use of counterfeit ICT devices to the economy, Danbatta said, “Apart from the obvious negative impact of this ugly trend on the manufacturers of genuine products, government, authorized dealers, it includes brand devaluation, loss of revenue, copyright and trademark infringement.

“It leads to unfair competition, loss of tax cost of compliance with applicable national legislation, national security and loss of employment opportunities in the country.

“This menace also poses danger to the health and safety of consumers, equally breaching the privacy of consumers.

“For us, we are very concerned with the negative effects on communication network operations as it concerns degrading quality of service delivery.”

To this end, Danbatta sought the cooperation of critical stakeholders in the fight against counterfeit and sub-standard ICT devices.

He further called for collaboration with West Africa Telecommunications Regulator Assembly (WATRA) in establishing a regulatory fiscal and customs mechanisms that would ensure greater control of imported handsets and preventing the exit or re-export of stolen mobile devices.

As part of measures to address counterfeit and sub-standard ICT devices, the Acting NCC boss called for “Industry compliance with the security recommendations against re-programming or duplication of International Mobile Equipment Identity (IMEI) or manufacturer’s electronic serial identification number.”