Nigerian watchdog warns peddlers of non-type approved equipment

18 February 2020

Peddlers of non-type approved telecom equipment in Nigeria, have been warned to stop or risk a jail sentence as well as including payment of fines.

The Nigerian Communications Commission (NCC) said at a Sensitisation Workshop on Equipment Type Approval in Lagos, the law empowers it to carry out type approval of all communications equipment for use in the Nigerian market.

In his opening remarks, the Director, Technical Standards and Network Integrity, NCC, Bako Wakil, quoting the Nigerian Communications Act 2003 Section 132 (2), said: “Licensed service or facilities providers, equipment manufacturers or suppliers shall obtain type approval certificates from the Commission in respect of their communications equipment or facilities prior to installation or sale in Nigeria.”