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NCC Warns Consumers Against Counterfeit Phones

Posted: Sep 18, 2015 at 12:00 am   /   by   /   comments (0)

Acting Executive Vice Chairman of the Nigerian Communications Commission (NCC), Prof. Umar Danbatta, has declared that between 15 to 20 percent of phones in the Nigerian market are counterfeit.

Danbatta said this at a stakeholders meeting on combating counterfeit and sub-standard Information and Communications Technology devices, held in Abuja.

According to him, the high incidence of substandard phones affects both the quality of service in the telecommunications industry and the health of consumers.

The NCC boss said, “Counterfeiting is a growing economic problem affecting a wide range of products. In the ICT sector, mobile phones are especially targeted with 250 million counterfeits sold annually.

“This number constitutes about 15 percent to 20 percent of the global mobile phone market. Apart from the obvious negative economic impact of this ugly trend on the manufacturers of genuine products; it also impacts negatively on governments, authorised dealers and others in terms of brand devaluation, loss of revenue, copyright and trademark infringement, unfair competition, loss of tax, cost of compliance with applicable national legislation, national security and loss of employment opportunities.

“This menace also poses danger to the health and safety of consumers and equally breaches the privacy of consumers. For us, we are very concerned with the negative effects on communication network operations as it concerns degrading equality of service delivery.”

Speaking at the event, Director, EMEA, for Mobile Manufacturers Forum, Mr. Thomas Barmuller, said 21 percent of substandard and counterfeit mobile phones are found in Africa and in the Middle East.

According to him, counterfeit phones and ICT products come with real threat and also put personal and private information at risk.

On quality of service, Barmuller said one in four dropped calls is caused by fake phones, which he said, cause delay in handover during mobile communication by 41 percent while every third handover actually fails.